Liverpool must find cutting edge to win race for fourth spot, insists Benayoun

22 February 2010 02:11
Bright spark: Yossi Benayoun (right) in his return to action against Manchester City at Eastlands

Yossi Benayoun has demanded that Liverpool improve up front if they are to have any chance of claiming a top four finish and Champions League football next season.

Rafa Benitez's men played out a dour goalless draw with fellow European hopefuls Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday to claim a point that did neither side many favours in the race for fourth spot, with rivals Tottenham and Aston Villa both winning.

And with Spurs now sitting pretty in the top four, Benayoun has called on his team-mates to up their game and see off their rivals' challenge, which he admits will go to the wire.

'We wanted to win but you have to remember that we were playing against a good team away from home,' he said.

'One point was not good enough but it wasn't bad either. We are still in the race for fourth place and that is the most important thing.

'I think City have a lot of quality players. I think the race will go to the end between us, Man City, Tottenham and Villa.'

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He added: 'We know where we need to improve. We need to create more and do more up front.

'Hopefully the defence will keep playing well. We have got the best defence in the league. Now we need to create more and then the goals will come.'

Both Benayoun and Fernando Torres made their returns from injury during the second half against City, having been injured in the embarrassing FA Cup third round defeat to Reading at Anfield.

And the Israeli, 29, admits he is raring to go and help Liverpool end their season on a high.

'For any player the worst thing that can happen to you is to be injured,' he said. 'So I'm just happy to be back after being out for a few weeks.

'It was difficult but hopefully now I can keep working hard in training, try to improve and try to help the team.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail

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