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Liverpool boss: All team to blame for Saturday's display

Rafa Benitez insisted the team, and not individuals, was responsible for Saturday's frustrating scoreless draw with Fulham. The Liverpool boss said: "We weren't passing the ball well but it wasn't Lucas, or it wasn't Javier Mascherano, it was the team.

"When we were preparing for the game, I had a clear idea that we could not use four or five players who had played 90 minutes in midweek.

"They all would be tired at the same time, so you try to use players with fresh legs. We had Fernando Torres more or less fresh, Robbie Keane and Lucas.

"That was it. For me that was the difference. We had four or five players without energy and when we played the second half with Mascherano on the pitch and with a higher tempo we were much better than Fulham, and when we brought on Xabi Alonso we had more quality of passing but it was the same situation.

"It wasn't one player who was making the difference, for me it was three or four players."

Benitez added: "This year we have done well after Champions League games and international breaks, but it is always a risk.

"When the players arrive back after internationals you have to push them to focus and it is not easy. "

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