Benitez can 'guarantee' top-four berth

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez feels his methods will land the faltering Anfield club a coveted top-four spot in the Barclays Premier League.

Sunday's defeat to Arsenal was their sixth of the season and left them five points adrift of the Champions League places, but Benitez is prepared to "guarantee" that the club will finish in the top four this season as he believes only minor changes need to be made.

"I have to have confidence in my team and I am sure we can do it because I know we are better than the team you are seeing on the pitch," Benitez said. "I can guarantee we will finish in the top four."

He added: "I think it is very important for any manager, but especially here in England, to be strong.

"You have to show you have an idea, you have your own people that you can talk with and analyse things and say 'this is the way to do things' and we have to keep going.

"The main thing for me is to come here early in the morning, do my job, go home still working a little bit and try to be ready for the next day.

"That is the way to do things and that is an example for the players - and they are doing the same thing.

"For five years I think we were doing well so we have to keep going in the same way because the club is stronger now in everything - the squad, the value of the club is better than five years ago.

"Yes it is a bad moment but I still think we can improve.

"You cannot be negative. You have to think about the positives. The manager has to be positive and I am positive."

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