Benitez committed to Liverpool cause

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez reiterated his commitment to the Premier League club on Sunday after media reports in Italy linked him with a move to Juventus.

"I have a long-term contract with Liverpool and I'll repeat what I said on Friday, that I am happy here and my only focus is to do my job as well as I can to get the team back into the top four," Benitez said in a statement on the club's website.

"Contrary to reports in the Italian media this weekend, I want to make it absolutely clear I have no agreement with Juventus and have not and will not be meeting Juventus or their representatives or any other club."

Benitez has been under increasing pressure at Liverpool with the team effectively out of contention for the Premier League and knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.