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Rafa: Keane and Torres can be best by lfctalk
August 12, 2008, 20:36
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Rafael Benitez has spoken of his hopes for new strike pairing Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres. The Spanish tactician believes the twosome can be the best in the world.

“I think the two strikers are top class and on the same level as anyone,” said Benitez. “If they play together a lot I think they can go on and get better and better.

“If you ask me, I would prefer them to have played together more in pre-season, but Torres came back late and we only signed Keane recently so it wasn’t ideal.

“Both players are clever and it is clear that if they play together for a long time, it will be easier for them to develop an understanding. I think they will be okay and can show their quality.

“In the time they have had together they have played well and we have been scoring goals. They need time but we have confidence in them and I think we played well in the last game against Lazio.”

Although favourites to progress to the Champions League group stages, Benitez is wary of the threat the Belgian champions possess.

He said: “I have confidence in my players and you must always be careful of any team you come up against in Europe.

“I know Liege lost to St Etienne in a friendly but they also won the Belgian Super Cup the other day so we need to be careful.

“Any top side competing in this competition must be aware of the quality of the teams involved. We must be focused every game and make sure we do not make any mistakes.

“We know it’s important to qualify every year and hopefully it will be the same this year.

“We have been trying to learn a lot about Liege and have been watching the games they have been playing recently and of course analysing last season too. We have some information.

“My staff have been watching games from last season but they have changed coach from then so to see them now is more important.”


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