Benitez backs Traore
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez has given his full backing to under-fire defender Djimi Traore.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has given his full backing to under-fire defender Djimi Traore.
The full-back made a calamitous error at Burnley last week in scoring a comical own-goal that dumped The Reds out of the FA Cup.
Traore, a target for Everton last summer, was subsequently left out of Liverpool's line-up at Southampton on Saturday sparking speculation about his future at Anfield.
However, while admitting there have been enquiries for the left-back, Benitez insists Traore still remains a big part of his plans, and will not be leaving.
"Yes, we have had some offers for him. Why? Because he's been playing well, then he makes a mistake," Benitez explained.
"The most important thing is to learn from it, to say I'm a defender; I must clear the ball.
"For him as a professional, it was a big mistake.
"It was bad for his team-mates, bad for the club and bad for the supporters.
"But he will still try next time to do his best.
"It's important for him to understand and learn. He's strong. I won't be selling him, I'm very happy with him."