Saturday, June 16, 2007

Gillett: Reds on track

Liverpool co-owner George Gillett says the Anfield hierarchy remain firmly behind manager Rafa Benitez, despite a slow start to the summer in the transfer market.
Benitez has been promised major funds to bolster his Reds squad, but so far only Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin and Brazilian youngster Lucas Leiva have been brought in.
However, Gillett told The Times: "I sense a kind of pressure building from the media.
"I think the fans know that we have huge regard for Rafa. He has a number of initiatives and concepts and plans under way.
"We're not going to do something just to try to prove something. I can assure you that we are working on different things.
"What we've said and what Rafa has said was that we had a programme and he would share that with us and that we would support it.
"The first part was that we identified a number of our existing star players (Jose Reina, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso) whom Rafa wanted to sign on long-term contracts.
"That was the first step and it has been done. Now we're moving on to phase two, which is bringing players in."

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