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Rafa wants momentum

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez wants his side to build on Thursday's Europa League victory domestically.

A 3-1 win against Unirea Urziceni was the first time since late September the Reds had scored more than twice in a game. Having experienced defeat at Arsenal and a goalless draw at Manchester City last weekend Benitez is keen not to lose momentum again.

"We see the Europa League as very important and we will try to progress and hopefully it will be good for this weekend's match against Blackburn," said the Spaniard ahead of Rovers' visit to Anfield tomorrow. "Always it is important that when you win you have more confidence and it is easier for the manager to send messages and easier for the players to try things. I think we need to show we want to progress."

Benitez faces another defensive reshuffle after losing defender Martin Skrtel to a broken metatarsal in his right foot as a result of a second-half challenge in Bucharest.

Jamie Carragher will revert to central defence with either Philipp Degen, Martin Kelly or Stephen Darby filling in on the right.

"They confirmed he has a broken metatarsal," said Benitez. "We have to check over the next couple of days how long it will take to heal."


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