Rafa: Players always get fair chance

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is confident none of his transfer targets this summer will be put off by the short Anfield career of Robbie Keane this season.

Keane signed for the Reds from Tottenham last summer, but failed to impress in his opening half-season at the club and was promptly shipped back to North London by Benitez.

But Benitez is quietly confident that he will sign some instant successes this summer as he looks to bolster his attacking options, and believes transfer targets will see the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres at the club as an attraction, not a hindrance to first team football aspirations.

“Everyone knows how good Torres and Gerrard are and they do play very well together,” Benitez told Sky Sports.

“But we have 60 games or so a season. That means there are going to be plenty of chances for everyone, so I don’t think it would be a problem.

“Obviously it depends on the quality of the players, but I don’t think it is going to be a problem. I think we will manage.

“We have been working hard identifying players, it is just a question of signing the right ones, and I am confident we will.”

Benitez has this week been linked with bringing in highly-rated Almeria striker Alvaro Negredo to partner Torres up front.