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Benitez targets Liverpool FA Cup success

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants the Reds to progress against Reading in their FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield on Wednesday. The Spaniard has been on the end of a couple of cup upsets to lower-placed opposition - Burnley in 2005, during his first season in charge, and Barnsley two years ago.

With the FA Cup representing Liverpool's best chance of silverware this season the Spanish tactician is keen not to allow their visitors from the Coca-Cola Championship a glimmer of hope.

"We have to approach the game thinking about winning and not giving them any chances or any confidence that they can do something," he said.

"In the Premier League you have to win but if you can't you say 'unlucky'. But in the cup you have to win.

"The attitude is more important against teams from a lower division. After that you know you have some quality, but attitude is the key.

"I remember (against Barnsley) and we were not doing badly. We had some chances and then conceded in the last minute.

"It was unlucky but it's the same situation now because it's a cup competition - you have to win and can't make any mistakes."

"We know the FA Cup is a massive competition, so we want to progress and go forward as much as we can," he said.

"Our priority now is one game at a time, so the first one is the most important.

"The FA Cup is a very good option for us to win something this year, so we have to approach the game thinking about winning.

"It would be very special to get to Wembley. We've been to Cardiff, but now we have to think about winning the first game."

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