Rafa Benitez has dismissed reports he has asked for a £50million transfer kitty and once again insisted there are "no problems" at Liverpool.

The Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday that Benitez 'will risk more Anfield aggro by demanding £50million for big-name transfers'.

They claimed that Benitez was ready to risk 'civil war' by demanding money for David Villa, David Silva, Gareth Barry and Dani Alves - though the last name has since been removed from the story after the newspaper realised he has agreed to join Barcelona.

That has caused particular amusement to Benitez, who told the Liverpool Echo: "The stories are ridiculous. Total rubbish.

"They have me trying to sign Daniel Alves, who already has an agreement with Barcelona, so how could I be trying to sign him?

"I am working hard with Rick Parry, who is in regular contact with the Americans, and there are no problems.

"The reports are just unbelievable."