Problems mount for Benitez after shock cup exit

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Rafael Benitez's position as Liverpool boss will come under even more pressure following their humiliating third round exit from the FA Cup.

In a season that has gone from bad to worse for the club - and Benitez - the Anfield crowd howled their anger after Wednesday night's 2-1 replay defeat, in extra-time, to Championship strugglers Reading.

"People have been talking about me for three months, I am used to it," said Benitez. "All we can do is continue to work hard, to think only of raising spirits for our next match."

Liverpool's support has been solidly behind Benitez in a distressing season, but many in the main stand were hurling abuse at the Spaniard.

Benitez side-stepped questions about his job at Anfield as the club's season plunged deeper into crisis.

Liverpool were booed off after their extra-time defeat following another demoralising night for the Merseysiders in a campaign that has seen them dumped out of the Champions League while languishing off the pace in the title race.

To make matters worse, Benitez will await scans on injured stars Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Fernando Torres (twisted knee) after both came off.

"Everyone is very disappointed," he added. "It was a massive competition that we wanted to do well in. As for me, I will continue to do my best all the time, we have to carry on, we have to improve.

"Not only do we have injuries now to Torres and Gerrard again, but Yossi Benayoun has a chest injury too.

"This has not been our best season. There have been good situations and bad situations. The only way to improve is to be confident and to continue to work hard."

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