Rafa: We will deal with any rule-breakers

Liverpool are still to make any official confirmation or denial over the reports that claimed up to five Liverpool players had been involved in trouble at the weekend, but manager Rafael Benitez has hinted that perhaps something did take place.

One story surrounds allegations that Jerzy Dudek, Robbie Fowler and Jermaine Pennant were involved in high-jinks at a Portuguese bar, the other reports, originating from Norwegian television, allege that Craig Bellamy had been accused of attacking John Arne Riise with a golf club.

Rafa says that he will take disciplinary action, including fines, against any player who breached the club's rules during the trip to Portugal. He said: "I've made it absolutely clear to all of them the responsibilities that come with playing for this club and the way they are expected to conduct themselves both on and off the pitch. The players worked extremely hard at last week's training camp, but we will take disciplinary action and fine any of them who are found to have breached club rules during our stay in Portugal."

He does seem to be issuing a denial, indirectly, about there being any bad feeling between Riise and Bellamy: "Despite reports to the contrary, the spirit amongst the lads is very good with everyone looking forward to the game against Barcelona on Wednesday. We remain totally focused on what will be a very tough game against the defending European Champions."

It seems the club are determined to keep whatever happened as an internal matter, which may be just as well if the allegations are true, but also allows speculation to increase at a great rate.