Rafa hails attacking options

Image: Benitez: Options aplenty

Rafa Benitez hopes all his key attackers will be fit for Wednesday's Europa League clash against Benfica.

Reds boss hoping attackers are fit

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez hopes all his key attackers will be fit for Wednesday's Europa League clash against Benfica. The Reds tackle Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-final tie after getting the better of French outfit Lille in the last round. Benitez's side recently emerged from a slump having won three of their last four outings, scoring 11 goals in the process. The likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have impressed and Benitez is crossing his fingers his stars are fit for Wednesday's European clash. The Spanish tactician has also been boosted by the return of England international Glen Johnson recently and he chipped in with a goal in Sunday's comfortable win over Sunderland, while Maxi Rodriguez, ineligible for Europe, has caught the eye in recent domestic games.

Options

"If they can stay fit I think it will be very important because you have more options," said Benitez ahead of Wednesday's clash. "When you have two games a week it is important to have different players available so you can change the system and you can keep the tempo. "It is really important to have Fernando, Gerrard and Maxi available. "I can see Fernando is focused and he wants to do well. We are surprised sometimes by what he can do but my idea is that he can improve. "He knows how to get better. Two goals and a great performance again against Sunderland is what the team needed. "Johnson is an attacking defender and sometimes when you have the team playing well at home and everyone is going forward he can be a real threat. "He had one or two chances against Sunderland and he was very dangerous down the right side."

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