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Liverpool have dismissed reports that a deal for Spanish international winger Joaquin was under discussion.

The European champions have long been linked with the Real Betis winger and there were suggestions that his agent attented the recent Liverpool-Chelsea game, but coach Rafa Benitez has now denied the speculation.

“These stories are false,” said Benitez.

“I keep reading in the Spanish press that we are trying to take Joaquin to England. The agent did not come to the Chelsea game and we have never made any offer or suggested other players as part of a transfer deal.”

Although he does need a right winger, Benitez denied Joaquin was a target.

“Our position is clear,” he added.

“We are not interested in bringing the player to Anfield and I can only assume that people in Spain are trying to move the player out of Betis.”

Liverpool have also been linked with Benfica wide man Simao Sabrosa who came close to moving to Anfield during the summer.

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