Rafa working hard on new signings

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With the January transfer window now open, Reds boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he is working hard on reinforcing his Liverpool squad.

Maxi Rodriguez is one player set to arrive at Anfield this winter, with a loan move from Spanish side Atletico Madrid having been agreed if Benitez can open a place in the squad for the Argentine winger by offloading a current player.

With Glen Johnson suffering a medial knee ligament injury Benitez is also considering cover at right back. Greek international Vasil Torosidis, who currently plays for Olympiacos, has been linked.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s FA Cup clash with Reading, Rafa said “Yes, we are working hard (on transfers) and trying to do our jobs, and we’ll see if we can do something.

“We are looking in the market but it’s not easy to find good players available because the majority of them are playing in top sides. But we are trying to find solutions if we can.”

Once again though it appears Benitez must offload players before he can bring in new signings, with Andriy Voronin, Andrea Dossena and Ryan Babel all available if the right offer is made. “We have some good players who people are interested in because they’re not playing too many games for us, but we have to manage carefully,” said the boss.

Along with Rodriguez and Torosidis, Liverpool have been linked with Galatasaray midfielder Arda Turan, Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic, Malaga defender Ivan Gonzalez and Crystal Palace youngster Victor Moses. While Spanish columnist Guillem Balague claims Rafa is not interested in signing former Man United forward Ruud Van Nistelrooy.