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Riera confident of goal rush

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Winger Albert Riera believes Liverpool will find their scoring touch soon as his side prepare for their third round Carling Cup clash against Crewe at Anfield.

The Reds have struggled in front of goal in the early part of the season with Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt both finding the net on only one occasion.

Robbie Keane is also without a goal since his £20.3million move from Tottenham but Riera is confident the floodgates will open in the near future and said: "It's only the beginning. It's a long season and we must be patient - I'm sure we will get better but the most important thing is how we finish the season."

He added: "The thing with Fernando and Robbie is every player has periods when they don't score - but they are fantastic players.

"The only problem is that the shots aren't going in for them at the moment, but I'm sure they will score a lot of goals.

"Stoke (on Saturday) was a very difficult match for the forwards. Sometimes they had a line of nine men defending so it was hard to break through.

"We knew before the match it would be like that so it wasn't a surprise. We tried many times to score but it was one of those typical games where if you don't score quickly it becomes more and difficult because they just get more and more men behind the ball."

Keane could be given a chance to break his duck against the Coca-Cola League One side but manager Rafael Benitez is set to rest Torres after the striker looked jaded against the Potters.

French teenager David Ngog is likely to partner Keane in attack with Benitez set to give several youngsters a chance to impress.

One player definitely in line to make his Anfield debut is Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri with first choice Jose Reina set to rested.

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Tottenham Hotspur
Crewe Alexandra
Robbie Keane
Stoke City
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Jose Reina
David Ngog
League One
League Cup
Fernando Torres
Dirk Kuyt
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