Liverpool’s Rafa Benitez: Summer Recruit Glen Johnson An Improvement On Arbeloa

Liverpool's+Glen+Johnson+(L)+vies+with+Athletico+Madrid's+Simao+during+their+friendly+football+match Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has spoken out in praise of striker Fernando Torres and right-back Glen Johnson, two players whose contributions have been key in the club’s recent winning streak.

“He Torres is improving. I had to answer questions about his fitness – people were saying he is not fully fit, he is not ready, and one week later people are saying he is fantastic; he is on fire,” Benitez said.

“I think everybody can see that he is improving and doing well and hopefully he can continue doing the same for us this weekend.”

“Alvaro Arbeloa was a very consistent full-back who was quite good at going forward and quite good at defending. I think Glen is very, very dangerous in attack.

“We were trying to bring in someone who could also create something in the right direction and he is doing really well in attack for us.

“He goes forward more frequently than Arbeloa and also is very good at crossing and can score goals. He has already scored two goals and I think he is a very good addition in attack.”

Liverpool’s manager is keen for his side to maintain the momentum of their five-game winning streak, and beat Hull City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

“It is important, especially in the Premier League, because you cannot lose too many games. For us it is important to win, if possible, every game,” the Spaniard said in his weekly press conference.

“I think at this moment with five wins in a row the mentality is really good.

“The strikers need confidence, the team needs confidence – so we are doing well.

“We are scoring goals and the players are going forward with energy and determination, and it is more difficult for the defenders to stop us.

“Sometimes people analyse things in a short time, but I think we have to wait and see how everything settles down, because it is too early.

“It is always the same – people say it is better to win one game than to draw two, but I think it is too early.”

One player who could be in line for a Premier League recall is Ryan Babel, who impressed in the League Cup win over Leeds United in midweek.

“Ryan clearly wants to improve. He knows that he has been here for three years, he knows the people and defenders too, and he knows what the fans want,” Benitez explained.

“He is working very hard. He was very good in pre-season, so he started the game against Tottenham – because he was doing really well.

“After the game we needed to change something, but again he is ready and you can see he is a threat for the defenders.”

Hull boss Phil Brown is under some pressure at the moment, after his team’s heavy League Cup home defeat to Everton this week.

But Benitez maintains that it is important for managers to stick together.

“You always have to support other managers, because you know how difficult the job is,” he said.

“When you are winning everyone is on your side, when you are not winning it is always more difficult, but we will see what happens after this weekend.

“You know I always want to win, but after the game I will wish him all the best.”

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~ by footballdirecta on September 26, 2009.

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