Rafa Benitez says Liverpool will be fine if they stop Didier Drogba
03 October 2009 12:47
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Rafa Benitez raised thestakes for his under-firedefenders by claimingLiverpool will ignite theirBarclays Premier Leaguetitle challenge if they canshackle Didier Drogba atStamford Bridge.
Liverpool have lookedunusually vulnerable atthe back this season.Benitez has recognised thedanger signs, ashe considered a recall forfit-again Daniel Agger.
The Liverpool manager haspreviously infuriated Drogbaby questioning his ability tostay on his feet, but therewas only admiration for hispace and power on the eveof one of the season's mosteagerly anticipated fixtures.
Anxious to avoid any repeatof the outburst that led to Drogba not only scoring acrucial Champions Leaguegoal against Liverpool butsliding along the turf tocelebrate in front of theirbench, Benitez said: 'Peoplemay have an opinion abouthim, but you can never sayhe is anything other than avery dangerous opponent.
'Agger is available again andunder consideration, afterplaying 70 minutes for thereserves the other night, butwhoever plays, the situationis clear.
'We must manage the threat he poses and if we cando that, I think we will be all right. We will give our centre backs extra protection if need be and bring more players back to help them out, because it is crucial we deal with that.'