Miller grateful to Liverpool boss Benitez

Alex Miller has thanked Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for his support as he leaves his assistant's job to take up a coaching role at Japan's JEF United.

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He was officially unveiled as the Japanese side's new manager earlier yesterday, but he was keen to pay tribute to his former boss.

"Rafa understood that I wanted to manage a club again. The players understand fully why I've left and they were very supportive on Thursday, my last day," Miller told liverpoolfc.tv.

"I've really enjoyed working with Rafa. He's a very good coach and we had great success in the last four years, when you look at what we've achieved.

"Being the first team coach was a fantastic position to be in at such a top club. I worked exceptionally hard for years with numerous clubs to try to get to the top and he gave me that chance.

"I will always be indebted to him."

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