Liverpool FC fans must roar us to victory, says Rafa Benitez

20 January 2010 08:01
RAFA BENITEZ today called for  Liverpool's supporters to pump up  the volume as his side bid to make a  Champions League statement.

Though the Reds have been  off-colour for most of the season, a  victory over Tottenham at Anfield  would enable them to creep within a  point of the top four.

If they are to do that, however,  another show of strength will be  required, as Benitez again finds  himself deprived of star men  Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard  and Yossi Benayoun due to injury.

But Liverpool were able to  make light of those absences at  Stoke thanks to the constant,  noisy backing they received and  Benitez hopes it will be a similar  case tonight.

Anfield's inspirational  qualities are well known but there have  been times this season when the weight  of expectancy has been suffocating,  which is why Benitez has urged his  players to give those fans something to  shout about.

'You can understand why the  ground has been quiet at times,' said  Benitez, whose side have only won two  of their last five home Premier League  fixtures. 'We have not been playing at  the level we were before, the  expectations have been high and the  fans have been waiting for something.

'We cannot blame the fans if they  don't push from the first minute if we  have not been giving (good football) to  them. But we will try to do our best.  Our fans know we will be working hard  but it has to be players and fans  together. It can be no other way.

Source: Liverpool_Echo