Rafa Benitez has laughed off speculation that he had a bust-up with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard during the FA Cup defeat by Reading.

No Gerrard and Benitez Fall Out

Rafael Benitez laughs off argument with Gerrard

Reports have claimed that Benitez and Gerrard rowed at half-time during last week’s third-round replay at Anfield, which Liverpool lost 2-1 in extra-time.

But, speaking ahead of a crunch Premier League game on Wednesday night against Tottenham Hotspur, Benitez brushed off the rumours of a falling-out with the influential midfielder.

“We have been joking about the rumours in the media that there was a fight,” said the Liverpool boss.

“There was nothing. We have been laughing about it.”

Injury update

Gerrard will miss the visit of Spurs due to a hamstring injury, while Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and Glen Johnson are also absent.

Daniel Agger could be available after a groin complaint as Benitez provided the latest update on the club’s injury situation.

He added: “Fernando is feeling better after his operation. He will be out for more or less the six weeks we were expecting, but it’s always better to be cautious.

“Yossi has a broken rib and so just needs time and Glen Johnson is improving, He is in the swimming pool working and doing well.

“We have to check on Agger because he had a groin problem, We’ll have to see if he’s available for Tottenham. We have a session today and then again tomorrow before we can decide.”