In his new book, Benitez states: â€śAttempting to work in the transfer market that summer was almost impossible.
â€śWe knew we would need cover and support for Fernando Torres, as David Ngog was still developing, and we had raised the cash to find it.
â€śThe player we identified to fill that role was Stevan Jovetic, a young Montenegro forward playing for Fiorentina in Italy.
â€śThe two players we had identified were Sylvain Distin, then with Portsmouth, and West Hamâ€™s Matthew Upson, both boasting abundant Premier League experience.
â€śSigning one of those two, plus the tall, powerful, intelligent Jovetic, would have given Liverpool the squad we needed to build on the previous yearâ€™s title challenge, when we had run Manchester United so close.â€ť