Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is confident that Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League victory will secure his job as he looks ahead to this weekend’s meeting with club owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Last night’s win ensured Liverpool reached the last 16 of the Champions League and eased the pressure on Benitez.
“I have always maintained confidence that I will be the manager of Liverpool,” he said. “The fans and players are happy. That is the key.”
Benitez insisted he has only ever been focusing on his squad and he added: “I was not thinking about the meeting. I must simply try to do my job.
“You could see the players, supporters, everyone were together. Everyone wants to win and we should talk about that, not the meeting.
“I am not thinking about my situation every day, I am just thinking about my team and how they can improve.”
Liverpool finished second to Porto in their group and will face an Italian or Spanish team in the last 16, with group winners Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Inter possible opponents.
“It doesn’t matter who we play now,” said the Spaniard. “All of them are good sides but we are just enjoying ourselves.
“My team is growing and playing better every week. I’m happy with the way we are attacking and defending.”