Rafa stands firm on duo future


Rafa Benitez says Dirk Kuyt and Yossi Benayoun will not be leaving Liverpool this summer despite interest in the pair.

Dutch ace Kuyt is known to be a summer target for German side Hamburg, while Italian outfit Roma claim Israeli international Benayoun will be joining them later this month.

But Benitez has revealed that he has met with both players this week and insists that the duo will play a part in his plans for the forthcoming campaign.

Speaking to the club’s website, the Reds boss said: “Neither of them will be leaving.

“I have no more news about Yossi – he will be staying. I am really pleased with Kuyt. He will be staying.”

Benitez added: “I have talked to Yossi and told him I want to keep him. He is a player with quality and has shown that during pre-season.

“I also talked with Dirk Kuyt this morning. I am really pleased with him.”


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