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Jan 12, 2010

Aldridge: I never said Rafa should be sacked

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has hit back at reports claiming he has called for under-fire Anfield manager Rafael Benitez to be sacked.

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Stories in the British press on Tuesday morning suggested Aldridge believed the time had come to call time on Benitez's reign as Liverpool boss, but the goalscoring great insists the explosive headlines attached to the articles do not reflect his sentiments.

"I have never said that Rafa should be sacked," Aldridge told ESPN. "All I have said is he needs to turn things around quickly at Liverpool because the club need to finish in the top four this season.

"These are difficult times for Liverpool on the pitch and financially, but Rafa should stay in the job until the end of the season and try to put things right."

Aldridge also insists comments from him claiming this is the 'worst time he can remember' as a Liverpool supporter are merely related to football matters and should not be compared to the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster, which he was forced to live through during his days as a Liverpool player.

"This is the most worrying time I can remember as a Liverpool fan because the team are struggling and the finances of the club are in a bad way, but you cannot compare those issues to the events of April 1989," he says.

"I attended 12 funerals after Hillsborough for fans who lost their lives on that terrible day and that will forever be the darkest moment in Liverpool's history."

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