Benitez will stand by Liverpool squad

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is hopeful of being able to strengthen his side before the end of the transfer window but is prepared to keep faith with the players who have underachieved this season.

The club were again on Monday linked with a loan deal for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones, although the Black Cats were quick to dismiss the suggestion. Having brought in Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez last week Benitez is still looking for one more arrival.

"We will see if we can do something more in this transfer window," said the Spaniard, who is hampered by the club's financial restrictions which mean he does not have a great deal of money to spend.

"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.

"It is important to have confidence. When people say we need two strikers like Torres you say 'Okay. Where are these strikers and how much can you pay for them?'"

It is difficult to pin Liverpool's woes on one incident but had they beaten Stoke at the weekend they would have been faced with the prospect of beating Tottenham at Anfield on Wednesday to go fourth in the Barclays Premier League.

And although that would have barely papered over the cracks it would have given Benitez some breathing space as he works out how to salvage the season without the services of injured trio Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun for the next few weeks.

"In football every week things can change and with one or two results things can be different," said the Liverpool manager.

"When Arsenal came here (on December 13) people were talking about them being under pressure but they won and two weeks later they are contenders and can win the title."

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