Rafa admits he nearly walked

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has revealed how he was on the verge of leaving the club at one point, unable to cope with the bad relations with club co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

The American tycoons found it hard to publicly back Benitez, and at one point even spoke to German Jurgen Klinnsmann about replacing the Spaniard.

But Benitez, who has now signed a new contract at Anfield that could see him in the hot seat until 2014, says he nearly walked amid the frustration.

“It is true that at times I may have thought about my future,” Benitez said.

“There was a lot of uncertainty at the club but when you put all of these things together and the fact I am sure we can improve, there was no doubt in my mind.

“It will be easier now the contract is done. Once you sign a contract you know you can start thinking about the future.

“That is why it was important to get it done as soon as possible. The uncertainty at the club was the only thing on my mind before.

“But delaying the decision before saying yes at the end of the season would have been worse for everyone because we would have lost some of our transfer targets or certainly been at a disadvantage.”