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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez wants to to broker a truce with club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, according to reports.

But the Spaniard’s attempts at a reconciliation may have come too late to save his job after he openly criticised the duo for holding up his transfer plans.

A source close to Benitez told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “Rafa loves it at Liverpool.

“He loves the people of the city, he loves the fans and he loves the club. All he wants is what’s best for the fans – he gets frustrated when he feels he’s not able to do that.

“But he is happy with Tom and George owning the club and he has enjoyed working with them since he came and he has no problem working with (chief executive) Rick (Parry).

“All he wants is to be able to continue the job that he’s started so he can continue improving the squad in a bid to deliver the title he knows Tom, George and Rick want just as badly as he does.

“The manager has got a few transfers that he wants to get done, one in January and two Bosmans in the summer but it looks like he is going to miss out on the first one now.

“That frustrated him because the first one was a centre half, a position he feels we really need back-up in.

“The frustration stems from the fact that communication has been so difficult with everyone being so far apart and in different time zones.

“But the fans should be reassured Rafa has no plans of walking away. He loves it here and his family are settled on Merseyside.

“Rafa only wants to work for Liverpool,” added the source. “It wasn’t that long ago that Rafa was thanking Tom, George and Rick for the work that they had done to bring Fernando Torres to Liverpool.

“He is still grateful for that and hopes that there has been no lasting damage done.

“He is hoping this situation can be resolved.”

Hicks and Gillett released a statement on the club’s official website late on Sunday to quell speculation about Benitez’s position.

“Despite speculation there is nothing new to say,” said the statement.

“We had a good win on Saturday and have got some very important games coming up starting with Porto on Wednesday, followed by Bolton and Reading, before Marseille and Manchester United in a few weeks.

“Both of us, together with chief executive Rick Parry, plan to meet with Rafa when we come over mid-December to make decisions on the team’s requirements at that time.”

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