But it is understood he is ready to stand firm in what is turning into a war of attrition between the Spaniard and Liverpool's American owners, Hicks and George Gillett.
As Anfield chief executive Rick Parry set up a meeting with Benitez to try to reassure him over his future, it emerged that the one-time Valencia coach may even have a case for constructive dismissal over the way Klinsmann was sounded out about replacing him.
His agent, Manuel Garcia Quillon, underlined his defiant response by saying: "Rafa wants to stay at Liverpool. He is happy with the club, the fans and the city. He does not want to leave."