Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow has insisted manager Rafael Benitez’s will not be sacked despite the club going out of the Champions League at the Group stage for the first time in six years.

Liverpool beat Debrecen 1 – 0 in Hungary on Tuesday but with Fiorentina beating Lyon by the same score, it means the last round of matches in Group E are now irrelevant with the Italian and French teams progressing and Liverpool going in to the Europea League.

Failure to progress from the group stages left Benitez ruing the late goals conceded against Lyon.

The Reds were beaten 2-1 by the French champions at Anfield before drawing 1-1 at the Stade Gerland.

But Purslow said Benitez would remain saying:

benitez job is safe say liverpool He is under no threat.

I’m on the record as saying Rafa’s signed a new five-year contract – he’s four months into that contract so to discuss that is not appropriate.

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