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Liverpool legend denies slagging off Benitez

John Aldridge has angrily denied claims that he called for Liverpool to sack manager Rafa Benitez, reports the Daily Mirror. The former Anfield striker says he will take legal action over a lads' mag story which said that he lambasted Benitez, saying he "would've lost his job by now if he was at another top club" and that Aldo "could not see any way for Liverpool to finish in the top four".

Aldridge denied speaking to the magazine and says he has told key Liverpool employees that he was misquoted.

He said: "I can categorically say that I never spoke to Nuts Magazine. I certainly wouldn't say anything so inflammatory that Rafa should be sacked.

"Rafa is under enough pressure at the moment and his job is hard enough; I have never, ever said that he should go.

"The story is completely fictitious. I will be consulting my lawyers about the matter."

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