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25 Sep 2009 17:25:50

Rafa's Reds hitting the target

Rafa Benitez says his side are playing the same system as last season but are scoring more goals. Liverpool have seen plnety of goals go in at either end of the field as they have racked up 15 Premier League goals and condeded nine in just six games. Benitez's side have battled to two 3-2 away wins against Bolton and West Ham respectively, sparking criticism of their defensive abilities. Despite the defensive mishaps, Liverpool look sharp at the other end but Benitez insists nothing has changed except their shooting accuracy. Benitez said: "It is similar to last season - we are creating more or less the same situations but now we are scoring more goals because the accuracy is better," said Benitez. "It is true we score a lot of goals. It's funny because people were talking before about us needing to score more goals because we were good in defence. "Now they are saying we are scoring goals but conceding goals - so we can never win. "Maybe it is because we are more offensive - but it is not because we are changing the system." New full-back Glen Johnson has added extra threat to the Red's attack but question marks remain about his defensive qualities, but Benitez insists his side is generally attack-minded. "Glen Johnson likes to go forward all the time," he said. "Alvaro Arbeloa defended a bit better so he had more balance," Benitez said. "Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard are all going forward, maybe it is more than last year but they have confidence and are playing well. "We have been trying to do the same things as last year - the difference is the players have more confidence going forward as we have more people comfortable with the ball. "It is not because we are playing higher or changing the system." Benitez also feels the players have grown in stature after running United close in the title race last season and will use the experience to spur them on to better feats. "It was very important for us. We won a lot of games in a row at the end of the season because we had a lot of confidence and we wanted to be as close to them as possible," he explained. "You can take it as a positive because we were so close. "This season it has almost been a problem because from the first day people were expecting us to win and score five goals in every game. "Now, despite not starting well, we are in a good position and everyone has more confidence to play better. "We know the teams at the top of the table will not make too many mistakes so we have to keep winning games."


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