Hicks happy with Rafa talks

Co-owner pleased with current situation at Anfie

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has expressed his satisfaction after meeting with manager Rafa Benitez.

The American attended Liverpool's Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday against the advice of police, having spoken with Benitez on the morning of the match.

Hicks held further talks with the Reds boss a day later, when it is understood they discussed potential transfer targets.

The boardroom turmoil at Liverpool has often overshadowed events on the pitch this season and Rafa Benitez recently had to ask for clarification on a number of issues.

However, Hicks insists Benitez is now happy with the level of communication.

"We had a great meeting," Hicks told The Times before Wednesday's second round of talks.


"We have agreed to meet again and it is a very healthy situation.

"Rafa is happy and wants to talk about where he is taking the club."

It has been reported that Benitez told Hicks he was reluctant to discuss anything important unless co-owner George Gillett and chief executive Rick Parry were in attendance.

Hicks said: "I am surprised if anyone is saying different. We plan to all get together and Rafa is happy with that."

Gillett remains determined to sell his 50 per cent stake in Liverpool to Dubai International Capital but Hicks objects to the idea because he has own plans for the club.

Hicks has also caused controversy in recent weeks by demanding the resignation of Parry and describing his time at Anfield as a 'disaster'.