Rafa says Reds’ mood is positive despite Arsenal defeat

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says there is a positive mood amongst his squad despite Wednesday’s Carling Cup exit to the hands of Arsenal.

The Reds had returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Manchester Utd at Anfield last Sunday, but that was followed up by a 2-1 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s youngsters in the League Cup fourth round.

And with a tricky trip back to London awaiting the Reds tomorrow in the form of Fulham in the Premier League, Benitez has shrugged off any thoughts of a relapse of bad form in the mid-week defeat at the Emirates.

He told press, “After the United game everyone was really happy here. After the defeat to Arsenal everyone was disappointed – you have to be when you haven’t won. But the players did well, it was a good game and everyone could see there were two good teams on the pitch.

“So some players who haven’t been playing many games maybe have more confidence (after Wednesday) and there is a positive mood among the players because we know we have quality.

“Everyone in the city, at least our part of the city, was really pleased after beating United. The players, staff, the fans and everyone at the club was delighted.

“These kind of games always make a difference and the mood has been fantastic. It’s important now to keep the winning mentality. We know it will be tough but we have confidence we can win.”

Fulham vs Liverpool gets underway at 3pm on Saturday 31st October.

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