Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Benitez looks to improve on last season

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes that the arrival of Glen Johnson could give The Reds the extra bit of quality to win the Premier League. Speaking ahead of the match against Thailand tomorrow the Kop boss said:

"We've really improved with Glen [Johnson] so hopefully we can be a little bit better and it will be enough," reports the Guardian.

When asked if Ronaldo’s departure would give Liverpool an advantage over United, he said:
“I don't know. I'm sure that they will have some money and they will buy some players so they will be strong."

"I think that every club now in the Premier League is trying to improve – City is one of them so you never know."

"At least I would like to be there at the top of the table and be contenders but I cannot say too much about the other teams."

Benitez has also been impressed with Ryan Babel since returning to pre-season training.
“We have been really impressed with Ryan,” said Benitez in the Post.

“He worked hard in the summer and he came back really fit. He’s trying to do his best and that’s very positive when you have a player with his talent. The first two years in a foreign country are always difficult. Now he has the right mentality and I’m sure he will improve.”

"For us this is a really important stage of the season. Everything we do is preparing the players for the first Premier League game. We must spend this time getting them match fit and working on tactics."

“We analysed what happened last year and know what we can improve on. This time is crucial to what we achieve when the season starts. We will continue to prepare them well this week and look to play well in the games."

“It was disappointing to lose in Vienna and you can’t be happy when you don’t win but there were lots of positives to take from the game."

“Hopefully we can keep working well and keep working hard over here.”

“We have a lot of respect for our fans here so we will try to use all the senior players."

“But the Spanish players and Dossena and Mascherano arrived back late because of the Confederations Cup and internationals, so they will probably not play as much as the other players.”

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