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Benitez backs players to bounce back

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Rafael Benitez believes his players are angry at the way Liverpool's season has gone, and want to put things right starting with Monday's night's clash with Birmingham.

Liverpool have won just once in their last eight matches in all competitions and the Liverpool manager fully understands the frustration expressed by goalkeeper Jose Reina after last week's 1-1 draw in Lyon - when the Spanish shot-stopper said it was a disgrace the club were struggling to qualify for the Champions League last 16.

Benitez said: "Everyone here, every fan, every player, wants to see the team doing better. I have confidence we will improve. Winning a couple of games in a row will boost everyone's confidence."

He added: "Pepe Reina has been very disappointed with what has happened in the Champions League, and said so. But he has a very positive mentality, we both agree.

"We are not stupid, we know we can improve. But we have trained well since we returned from Lyon with Fabio Aurelio, Glen Johnson and Albert Riera all back and working. I could see the difference in the mood of the squad."

He added: "They want to play, to be ready and to help in the situation we are in. People have been angry, and they want to change our position.

"It is all about getting a good win. And when your backs are against the wall, you play better and fight better. We now must show confidence in our team, our staff, and work harder.

"The finances are being questioned. But I am assured that we did not budget for a last 16 place this season, only to reach the group stages.

"The problem will come next season if we cannot arrest this situation. But the commercial department is earning us more money and the position of the club is very healthy.

"But if we do get into the top four it will be easier. But we are not desperate, I can guarantee we are in a good position and will be in a better position."

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