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Benayoun wishes Reds well

Yossi Benayoun has wished his former Liverpool team-mates well under Roy Hodgson but is focusing his own energies on getting fit for Chelsea.

Benayoun swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in a £6million summer move after relations with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez deteriorated. Upon signing for Chelsea, the Israel midfielder accused Benitez of "trying to destroy my confidence" but with Roy Hodgson now at the Liverpool helm, Benayoun wishes the club well.

"I had a great time there and it was a privilege to play at such a big club," he told Sky Sports News. "Everyone knows all the problems at the club but hopefully they have started anew with the new manager and I hope things change. I wish them all the best."

For his own part, Benayoun is working his way back to sharpness after a brief injury hiccup in training.

"I trained with the (Chelsea) first team for the first few days then I injured my groin and rested for a week. I came back only a few days ago and I'm sure I'll be fit in a few days.

"I'm enjoying every day and getting closer to everyone. Hopefully I'll be here a long time and be successful.

"I can only say I will work hard as I did at Liverpool and do my best to prove I deserve to be here."

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