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Liverpool boss Benitez looks to Babel, Ngog to step up

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is looking for his young players to step up and force him to put away his chequebook this summer.

He said: "I'm also positive because we were talking recently about how Fernando and Steven Gerrard didn't play together for a long time.

"Hopefully, they will manage that more next season - and we also have good young players like David Ngog, Nabil El Zhar, Ryan Babel and Emiliano Insua coming through.

"We have a very good squad but we can still improve a little bit. How much - enough to win the title? I'm sure it will be enough to compete.

"We knew the situation in the world would be difficult this summer. Some clubs were asking for our players so the priority was to extend the contracts of our key ones.

"We spent some money to guarantee this and now we just have to improve a little bit, because we are in a very good position."

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