Benitez wants “goals from everywhere”

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has urged his players to adopt a more attacking attitude to games in hope that it will create more goals from all areas of the pitch.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Debrecen on Wednesday night in the Champions League in which Dirk Kuyt got the only goal of the game, Benitez says he wants to see all his players pushing up and looking for glory.

He explained, “We know that when Fernando [Torres] is at his best he will score but if the team is scoring, with players like Dirk Kuyt getting goals, it’s really positive.

“We have to look for goals from everywhere.

“When you have your top scorer scoring everyone can talk about him but for me as a manager it’s better to have options and more players getting into the box and scoring goals. That also makes it more difficult for defenders. ”

25-year-old Torres admitted earlier today to his indifferent form at the start of this season, with the Reds up against West Ham at Upton Park in the Premier League tomorrow.

But Benitez is confident Torres will soon find his feet again and turn on the style which has seen him notch up 41 goals in 62 appearances for the club.

He added, “For me, Fernando was much better the other day. He was working very hard. We talk about strikers and we always try to talk about goals – but he was working for the team and that’s a positive.

“I am sure he will score goals and if he keeps working at the same level then the team will continue to score goals too.”

West Ham vs Liverpool gets underway at 5.30pm on Saturday (19 September) and it’s live on ESPN in the UK. [Match Preview]