Rafael Benitez may stick with current Liverpool squad

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Rafael Benitez may stick with current Liverpool squad

Post  IceQueen on Tue 19 Jan - 1:41

Beleaguered Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he may not make signings during the transfer window.

The Reds have lost Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun to injury, and are seventh in the Premier League and out of all major cups.

But Benitez said: "We will see if we can do something more in this window.

"If we cannot we will stick together for the next challenge. We have a good team, a good squad and not as bad as people think."

Liverpool have won only five of their last 17 games in all competitions, a run that has seen them eliminated from the Carling Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and ended any realistic title ambition, with the Europa League now their only hope of honours.

Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday, which came off the back of a home loss to Reading in the FA Cup.

But a belligerent Benitez added: "It is important to have confidence. When people say we need two strikers like Torres you say 'OK. Where are these strikers and how much can you pay for them?"'

One striker that had been linked with Liverpool was Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones, but a Sunderland spokesperson told BBC Sport that there was no truth in suggestions the player could leave on loan.

Previous reports had hinted Benitez was keen to swap out-of-favour Reds forward Ryan Babel for the Trinidad & Tobago international, but the deal was dismissed by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

Birmingham have also been linked with a bid for the 25-year-old Jones, who signed a new four-and-a-half year contract last January.

However, Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn have both spoken in recent days of their desire to keep the player at the club.

The 6ft 1in frontman, signed from Southampton for £6 million in 2007, has six goals this season and has forged a promising partnership with leading scorer Darren Bent.

He played the full 90 minutes in Sunderland's most recent game - a 7-2 thrashing by Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

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