Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has warned his players not to get complacent and take qualification for the Champions League for granted ahead of tonight’s clash with Maccabi Haifa at Anfield.
The Reds need to lay down a solid advantage in the tie tonight with a tricky trip to Kiev likely for the second leg.
And Benitez, who has faced Haifa before as Valencia manager, has warned the Reds not to underestimate the Israeli’s strength. He says, “Haifa are a dangerous team, we will be confident, but we must be aware of their strengths. This is one of the hardest matches we could get at this stage.
“The players are concentrating. They want to get through this and play another Champions League campaign, and I know as manager how important this is for the club.
“We are better equipped than last season, despite the pre-season results.
“We have had injuries, and players not back with us. We were trying different systems and that is why the results have not looked good. But we have more quality and I believe the squad is good.”
Liverpool look set to be without Robbie Fowler, Fabio Aurelio, Mark Gonzalez and Daniel Agger for the match which kicks off at 8.05pm.