Rafa desperate to beef up squad
LIVERPOOL manager Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen the squad further in the January transfer window amid an injury crisis.
After signing Argentina winger Maxi Rodriguez on Wednesday, Liverpool lost Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun to injuries after a defeat against second-tier Reading in the FA Cup.
Torres requires surgery on his right knee that will sideline the striker for six weeks.
“We are still working hard to find good players,” Benitez said yesterday. “In this market it is very difficult but we have to keep looking to see if we can find someone.
“It’s now the owners’ turn. They have to sign players so that this does not happen again. If we want to compete we need a much more complete squad. We need more genuinely first-class players and we can’t let our best players leave.”
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina could return from injury today at Stoke while Ryan Babel’s future looks to be in doubt after he was left out of the squad for today’s match .
Benitez made the decision despite the club’s injury crisis.
On his Twitter account, Babel said he “got some disappointing news” and that “The Boss left me out the squad. No explanation.”
Babel says he has never had an argument or fight with Benitez, and he questioned why the Spaniard no longer believes he can do a job for Liverpool.– Sapa-AP