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Benitez hopeful of strengthening Liverpool squad during January

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is aiming to strengthen his side before the end of the transfer window. However the Spanish tactician is prepared to keep faith with the players who have underachieved this season.

"We will see if we can do something more in this transfer window," said the Spaniard, who is hampered by the club's financial restrictions which mean he does not have a great deal of money to spend.

"If we cannot we will stick together for the next challenge. We have a good team, a good squad and not as bad as people think.

"It is important to have confidence. When people say we need two strikers like Torres you say 'OK. Where are these strikers and how much can you pay for them?"'

Of more concern to the manager is the team's problem of conceding late goals, which cost them a vital victory at Stoke on Saturday.

Goals in the 90th minute have already cost Benitez's team a place in the Champions League knock-out stage as Lyon snatched four points with strikes in added time in their two group encounters.

Reading's 92nd-minute penalty at Anfield last week allowed them to level up their FA Cup third-round replay and then go on to win it in extra time.

But the Reds' defence had still not learned their lesson - as demonstrated by Robert Huth's strike at the Britannia Stadium at the weekend.

"We have to be better, we have to be more 'savvy' and control these games," said Benitez.

"If we cannot score the second goal at least we have to manage and win these games without playing well.

"The main thing this year is we are conceding goals so we have to be stronger in defence."

"In football every week things can change and with one or two results things can be different," said the Reds manager.

"When Arsenal came here (on December 13) people were talking about them being under pressure but they won and two weeks later they are contenders and can win the title."

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