Hicks relieved as Rafa signs

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks says he is relieved to have finally convinced Rafa Benitez to put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

Benitez signed a new deal with the Reds yesterday, extending his stay on Merseyside until 2014.

The American, business partner of George Gillett, also says he was never worried that Benitez wouldn’t commit his future at Anfield.

He told Sky Sports News, “I was never worried we would lose Rafa Benitez.

“These things are complicated. A five-year contract is complicated, so I’m just relieved we finally got it done.

“From the supporters’ point of view, to have it done on top of such a great week on the pitch is great.”