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Benitez demands FA Cup success from Liverpool

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has has told his players to deliver success in the FA Cup this year to lift the gloom at Anfield.

The Reds are fortunate to still be in the competition after a scare in the 1-1 draw with Reading earlier this month, but Benitez is confident that tonight’s third round replay at Anfield with the Championship outfit will see the Merseyside club set up a fourth round clash at home to Burnley.

And then the feeling will be that all roads lead to Wembley, a venue that Liverpool are yet to play in under the Spaniard, who has been embarrassed twice before in the FA Cup by Burnley and Barnsley.

“We know the FA Cup is a massive competition, so we want to progress and go forward as much as we can,” said Benitez, who won the competition in 2006 against West Ham at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

“The FA Cup is a very good option for us to win something this year, so we have to approach the game thinking about winning.

“It would be very special to get to Wembley.”

While finances at football clubs are a hot topic at present, Liverpool are set to finally complete the £1.5m signing of Atletico Madrid winger Maxi Rodriguez.

The Argentine may even be at Anfield tonight to see his new team-mates in action.

Victory is a must for Benitez. Otherwise the pressure he has been under all season will intensify.

Belfast Telegraph