Pressure is nothing new to me, insists under-fire Liverpool boss Benitez

26 November 2009 04:31
No worries: Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez insists he does not feel under any added pressure following Liverpool's dramatic exit from the Champions League.

Liverpool had to settle for a place in the Europa League despite their 1-0 win against Debrecen on Tuesday night - Fiorentina's defeat of Lyon meaning they advanced instead from Group E.

For Benitez, his team get a quick shot at redemption when they take on city rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, and the Spaniard is determined to make amends for their European setback.

He said: 'We have not been able to go through to the last 16 of the Champions League, so we must make sure we double our efforts in the league.

'Then the confidence of the team will be much better, we will be able to approach league matches in a better frame of mind.

'I do not feel under any greater pressure, Liverpool are under pressure in every single game, anyway, whatever the competition. This is nothing new for me.

'The players know we are better than our results suggest, they can see that we could have won in every game even if not playing well.'

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Benitez's hand has been severely weakened by injuries to star duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard as well as a number of other first XI regulars.

But Gerrard is now back, along with Glen Johnson, Fabio Aurelio and Yossi Benayoun,  though Torres is unlikely to be ready for the short trip across Stanley Park.

Benitez said: 'Some players are fitter now. So we can manage the team and matches in a different way. If you do not have a strong bench, it is difficult to change games. Now with more options it can be easier for us in such circumstances.'

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