Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has denied reports he's been using Jurgen Klinsmann as a sounding board regarding manager Rafa Benitez's transfer targets.

A statement released on Hicks behalf by London-based PR firm Financial Dynamics attempted to draw a line under the ongoing speculation.

It said: "Tom has not had any contact with Klinsmann on this matter. He has not seen him since the meeting in November. So the story is just plain wrong."