Rafa firms Finnan faith
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez says the arrival of Jan Kromkamp will spur Steve Finnan on.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says the arrival of Jan Kromkamp will spur Steve Finnan onto maintaining his recent good form.
The former Fulham star has had his place at right back threatened by the arrival of Kromkamp from Spanish outfit Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarines swapped the former AZ Alkmaar man for Liverpool's Josemi in a bid to resurrect the first team prospects of both players.
However the Dutch international has been restricted to a substitute's role since his switch to Anfield, and Benitez says Kromkamp's arrival is not a vote of no confidence for his reliable Republic of Ireland star.
"Finnan is a player who will always play at a consistent level," said Benitez.
"The added competitiveness of Jan Kromkamp will help him maintain his current level."