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Benitez still sees room for improvement

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had mixed feelings about his team's performance in the 2-0 victory over Bolton at Anfield but saw plenty of positives.

Dirk Kuyt's close-range effort in the first half put Liverpool ahead, and an unlucky own goal from Kevin Davies - he deflected Emiliano Insua's wild shot into the net - saw off a visiting side who had their best chances in the first half but struggled once they fell behind.

"I am pleased with the result and the second half but not too happy with the first half - but at the end of the day we needed to win and we won," said Benitez.

"We are unbeaten in six games and have another clean sheet so that is good.

"In the first half they had two chances and we were a little bit lucky but in the second half it was totally different and we could have scored more goals.

"I think we are improving. Clearly you can see the team is working hard."

Benitez also confirmed forward Ryan Babel, subject of at least one bid from Birmingham, would be staying at the club.

This time last year the Liverpool boss said he did not want to sell Robbie Keane just days before off-loading him back to Tottenham but Babel's situation is different.

"It is not easy to find better players than you have at this moment but we are watching players and trying to find someone who can be good for the team," said Benitez regarding his continuing search to bring in one more signing before the window closes.

"Last year we knew Tottenham were interested so we had to play a game. This year we are not playing any games. He will stay."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Robbie Keane
Ryan Babel
Football
Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Dirk Kuyt
Birmingham
Kevin Davies
Liverpool

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