Liverpool have issued a statement describing tonight's clear-the-air talks between manager Rafael Benitez and the club's American owners as 'positive'. The meeting was arranged following a dispute between the Spaniard and Tom Hicks and George Gillett over the club's approach to the January transfer window. Benitez was frustrated at what he saw as an unnecessary delay over the pursuit of new players and claimed the American duo did not understand the European transfer market. But a statement on the Liverpool website said: 'A meeting was held this evening involving Tom Hicks, George Gillett, Foster Gillett, Rick Parry and Rafa Benitez which was wide-ranging and positive. 'The discussions were amicable and constructive. All those present are united in their desire to bring further success to the club.'