Gerrard dismisses “fantasy” rumours

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoke to deny what he describes as “fantasy” rumours involving him and boss Rafa Benitez.

Several different rumours have emerged since the Reading match and his half-time withdrawal, ranging from a bust-up with the manager, telling the managing director he wouldn’t play for the club again while Rafa is manager and wishing to quit this summer!

Gerrard has set the record straight on the eve of tonight’s crucial clash with Spurs at Anfield. “I’ve heard about a dozen versions of the same rumour and they’re all as daft as each other,”Gerrard explained.

“I’d love to know who comes up with this kind of stuff because they must have an unbelievable imagination. Nothing happened, that’s an absolute fact.

“And if anyone thinks this nonsense unsettles either me or the club then they’re mistaken. If anything it’s brought everyone even closer together because we’ve all had a good laugh about it.

“In the time since he’s been here I’ve never had a problem with the manager or his staff, and certainly not at half-time in the Reading game when I was actually receiving treatment for the injury I’d picked up during the first half,” he added.

“The important thing for me now is trying to get myself fit as soon as possible so I can get back to working with the manager and the team to try and improve our situation.

“All the stories about me leaving are unfounded. The fans can be assured that I am doing all I can to get back to top form and help Liverpool finish the season on a high.”

Yesterday Rafa laughed off the rumours. “We have been joking about the rumours in the media that there was a fight. There was nothing. We have been laughing about it,” said the Liverpool manager.