Carragher unnerved by Rafa exit talk

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says players learn to block out the hyped up speculation in the media and concentrate on the football.

The Reds have been linked to numerous players in recent weeks and reports have suggested that manager Rafa Benitez is close to agreeing terms to leave Anfield for Juventus.

But Carragher says the press rumours don’t affect the players.

“Liverpool has always had speculation about managers, players, players coming, players going and it’s the same as managers,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.

“That’s part of being part of a big club you always have that type of thing.

“People always want to talk about the club whether it is positively or negatively and if you play for Liverpool you have got to get used to that as part of the job.”

Carragher went on to reaffirm the player’s support for Benitez despite growing pressure on the Spaniard’s shoulders.

He added, “Of course we all support him 100%. It has been a difficult season for everyone really on and off the pitch.

“The only way we can change that between now and the end of the season is by rallying together, getting together and focusing on what’s important – which is the club – and on the pitch getting the results we need to try and get in the top four and also having a good run in the Europa League.

“So at the moment now I think it is about everyone sticking together.”