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ENGLAND -- Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insisted he had no definite plans to meet with co-owner Tom Hicks after his side beat Bolton to stay on course for a Champions League spot.

ENGLAND -- Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insisted he had no definite plans to meet with co-owner Tom Hicks after his side beat Bolton to stay on course for a Champions League spot.

Hicks made a rare 5000-mile visit to Anfield to watch Liverpool maintain their chase for a top four finish thanks to goals from Dirk Kuyt and an own goal from Bolton forward Kevin Davies here on Saturday.

The Texan's presence came one day after Benitez talked openly about interest in his services from Italian club Juventus, a development that has cast yet more doubt about the Spanish manager's future on Merseyside.

Yet Benitez claimed no meetings with Hicks had been arranged, although the manager added he would be open to such talks.

"Maybe I will see him. I knew he was here but I was just concerned with what was happening on the pitch," said Benitez.

Meanwhile, Chelsea captain John Terry put the controversy over his private life to one side by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory at Burnley as his side went four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Terry, whose position as England captain was called into question after newspapers published details of his alleged affair with the ex-girlfriend of former Blues teammate Wayne Bridge, scored eight minutes from time, heading in a corner for only his second goal this season.

"It was a very difficult game," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti told ESPN turning to Terry, who did not celebrate his goal, the Italian added: "He's a fantastic player. Every game, he plays very well. All of Chelsea support him." Nicolas Anelka had given Chelsea a 27th-minute lead at Turf Moor.

Burnley levelled in the 50th minute when a ball over the top of Alex found Steven Fletcher who beat the defender before shooting past Petr Cech.

Earlier, Tottenham stayed fourth with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham, while Aston Villa defeated Fulham 2-0.

Hull failed to climb out of the relegation zone after a 2-2 draw with Wolves.

Everton made it four league wins from five with a 1-0 victory away to Wigan, while Blackburn Rovers and West Ham shared the points in a goalless draw.

- Sapa-AFP

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