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05 Sep 2009 13:38:00

Riera happy with Benitez

Liverpool midfielder Albert Riera has played down his row with manager Rafa Benitez. Riera has struggled to cement a regular place in the side this season and admitted to having words with Benitez after being named as a substitute for the opening day defeat to Tottenham. "I didn't play the first game because I started training late after the Confederations Cup, like Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres," said Riera. "I was angry and had a flare-up at Benitez, but the day I don't get angry for being a substitute I will retire." Despite the bust-up Riera insists he has nothing but respect for his manager. "Benitez is a special coach who defends his own. I know he is with me, because he said so," he added.


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