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Liverpool FC fans must roar us to victory, says Rafa Benitez
Published : 20 Jan 2010 08:01:00
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.