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Unsettled Benitez refuses to commit to Liverpool

In an extraordinary Melwood press conference the Reds boss even allowed himself to be linked with the England manager's job, which was vacated by Steve McClaren.

When asked about England's performance against Croatia, he responded: "I prefer to concentrate on training and coaching my team." One of the few questions Benitez was prepared to answer concerned the national team manager's job.

Asked if he would consider taking over from Steve McClaren if the job was offered to him, he said: "You never know what might happen, maybe."

Just last week, Benitez appeared to commit himself to a long term future with Liverpool when he talked of emulating the 21 years Sir Alex Ferguson has spent at Old Trafford.

But these comments throw into doubt that previously held ambition and suggest all is far from well at Anfield.

The inference which could be taken from the press conference is that Benitez is not happy with the backing, or a perceived lack of it, he is receiving from the club's American owners.

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