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.
"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."