Benitez cagey over Liverpool future

MADRID - Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez refused to be drawn on his future with the club after his side's 1-0 away win over Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Asked about British media speculation that he was considering quitting, the Spaniard, who took charge of Liverpool in 2004, said: "It's a fantastic night and I am not considering resigning.

"I will keep working and trying to win games and will talk to the owners in the future. I think my lawyer was talking with the owners today but we'll speak in the future."

It was a proud night for Benitez as he returned to his hometown and the club where he started out as a manager to register a victory.

Yossi Benayoun headed Liverpool's winner from a freekick eight minutes from time after a tense tactical battle at the Bernabeu.

The return leg is Anfield on March 10.