Rafa fed up with weak-willed Reds

The Reds chief witnessed another distressing display as his side

lost 2-1 in their Premier League clash at home to Arsenal, having

been ahead at the break on Sunday after a vibrant first-half

display. Benitez was clearly shocked by the Liverpool capitulation

when a Glen Johnson own goal wiped out Dirk Kuyt’s early goal

before Andrey Arshavin cracked a stunning winner and the Anfield

men crumbled under the pressure. It is an increasingly worrying

situation for Benitez, whose side have won just three of their last

15 matches in all competitions. With Wednesday’s home clash with

Wigan now taking the significance of a must-win match, Benitez

called for unity and character from his shattered players. The

Spaniard said: “We were in control in the first half and on top of

them all the time. “But after we conceded the own goal everything

changed, it was their time then and every minute they had more

confidence and we were more nervous. “The main thing now is that we

have to show confidence, we have to show character. “They play for

Liverpool. We have to improve, we have to show character when we

have problems and we must keep our confidence high. “The only way

to change things is to keep working hard and in this situation,

when you are making mistakes, you have to be strong and try to do

things properly in the future. “We kept giving the ball away

against Arsenal, it is something we have to improve on. “Now we

play Wigan on Wednesday here and we know we have to do better. “We

were not bad against Arsenal, we just made a big mistake that

changed everything. The only way to change things is to stick

together. “We cannot be complaining, we cannot be arguing about

anything. We must keep going and try to discover why we were so bad

in the second half in terms of confidence.” He added: “We must

discover why we couldn’t do the same things in the second-half that

we did so well in the first period. “Everyone was expecting us to

be higher in the table after the Arsenal game and a victory would

have taken us to fifth place. “It is difficult to explain what went

wrong in the second-half, we were very poor and we have to improve

on this. “The target is just to be in the top four and to start

winning matches we should be winning.”