No Silva dream for Benitez

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed speculation linking him with a summer move for Spain star David Silva.

Reports this week have suggested the Barclays Premier League title hopefuls are preparing a bid for the highly-rated playmaker, whose current employers, Valencia, are struggling under the weight of their massive debt.

"We will not be signing him," said Benitez. "We are working hard, talking with the scouting department and looking at names and options for next season. It's still too soon (to identify definite targets), but we are working hard."

Following a miraculous fortnight for the Merseysiders, Liverpool could go top of the Premier League in eight days' time if they manage to avoid defeat at Fulham.

But Benitez has called for focus from players and supporters, who would be forgiven for dreaming of a first title in 19 years after the recent thrashings of Manchester United and Aston Villa, plus the Champions League annihilation of Real Madrid.

"Football can change very quickly and that is why we say it is important to just take one game at a time," he told

"Everything can change each week and maybe next week we can be at the top again.

"My message to the fans is to keep calm. I can see the people have a lot of confidence at the moment and that is good.

"We have to stay positive and see what happens."

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