Liverpool co-owner George Gillett says Rafael Benitez’s position as manager of the club is safe, despite the 2-1 home defeat by Lyon in the Champions League.
Benitez was jeered by supporters during Tuesday’s loss but Gillett believes the former Valencia boss is “absolutely as good as there is in the business”.
Gillett added: “Our family is extraordinarily pleased with him.
“The run of results disappoints the fans and it disappoints Rafa but we are in this together.”
Gillett also reminded supporters that Benitez signed an improved deal with the club in March, which ties the Spaniard to Liverpool until 2014.
Benitez faced the wrath of the Anfield crowd when he substituted goalscorer Yossi Benayoun in the 84th minute against Lyon.
Liverpool have lost their last four fixtures in all competitions and defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday would open up a 10-point gap between the two after only 10 matches.
“We’ve come back before and we can do it again,” Benitez told reporters after the defeat by Lyon.
“We now must be ready for the next game. I have confidence we have the quality to overcome these problems.”
Gillett, who owns the club with fellow American businessman Tom Hicks, has recently attempted to court new investment in Liverpool.
Earlier this month, Gillett travelled to Saudi Arabia to meet Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah al-Saud, who may acquire “anything from nought to 100%” of the club, according to his aides.
Gillett and Hicks each own 50% of Liverpool at the moment but neither can sell shares without the other’s approval and the relationship between the two has been strained for some time.
Moves to introduce new investment have come in a bid to reduce Liverpool’s £245m debt, with £60m having been paid off over the summer.
Newspaper reports in early October suggested Prince Faisal may be willing to pay more than £200m for a stake in the club. (BBC Sport)
Well a vote of confidence does on the whole act as a poisoned chalice but I hope on this occasion this is not the case. The fact that the vote of confidence comes from the jokers who ‘run’ the club makes me all the more concerned. They will do anything they will may ingratiate themselves with the supporters, knowing that the only way they can do that is for them both to leave as soon as possible.
Sunday’s game is a crucial one on many levels and I can’t help but feel that should we lose that come Monday morning Benitez will either have walked or been pushed. I hope that is not the case, but it’s just a feeling I have.