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Benitez makes Reds pledge
27 Nov 2009 - 16:51:56
Under-fire manager Rafael Benitez has pledged to stay at Liverpool and help bring the good times back to Anfield.
Benitez has been backed to continue in the managerial hot-seat despite the club's failure to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and their inconsistent form in the Premier League this season.
But speaking ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton, a defiant Benitez claims he wants to finish the job he has started at Liverpool.
"When I signed my new contract (in March) I had offers from other clubs for more money and a lot more money to spend in the transfer market. But I decided to stay because I felt we had a very good team," said the Spaniard.
"We will prove this during the rest of the season. It is long race and we know we are not playing at the level we can, but we will improve, we will be back in Europe.
"It doesn't matter what people are saying, maybe trying to take advantage of the situation. We will win games, we will improve and things will change.
"Why am I telling you this? Because when I decided to stay here, I wanted to fight for this club.
"I had signed a new five-year contract because I wanted to fight for Liverpool.
"Sometimes it is good, sometimes there are bad moments. But still I will fight.
"So we will play in the Europa League, that will be a target. We will play against Everton on Sunday and that will be our target.
"Every single week we will fight and try to win. If we can, we will be happier. If we cannot, we will still have to fight."