But Seville are up in arms as it is the second time in recent years that Benitez has raided their academy.
Seville officials were stunned to learn by fax that one of their most promising young players had changed residency to facilitate his switch to Anfield.
The Spaniards are powerless to do anything as Liverpool have followed the rules to the letter - but they are angry with Benitez.
A source said: "It's incredible how the same club has done this to us twice.
"We are not happy but there is little we can do."