Rafa up for major scrap with Reds

Rafa Benitez believes that Liverpool’s current Premier League plight represents the ‘biggest fight’ since he came to England in 2004.

Liverpool sit in eighth place, seven points behind the top four that Benitez has twice promised to make by the end of the season.

However, the Spaniard still believes he has an extremely tough task on his hands to salvage the season.

"You never know what is going to happen," Benitez told the Liverpool Echo. "But, at this moment, yes, this is the biggest fight we have had; there are three other teams trying to get into fourth place and in the past maybe it was only one.

"But we have to be calm. We have some players with a lot of experience and the staff have been through this kind of fight before, so we will just continue to do our job and see where that can take us."

Benitez says he is aware of the problems facing his side, and believes he has the solution, simple though it may appear.

"We know we need to improve," said Benitez. "I have been a manager for 23 years and I know that during a season there will always be good moments and bad moments.

"The only way to change things is to keep working hard. We know the areas that we need to improve and that we have to stop making some mistakes.

"We are training well, working hard and have more confidence (after beating Wolves). But we have to win more games now. If we do that, the confidence will come back.

"The most important thing was to beat Wolves. We did that, got two goals and kept a clean sheet so there were a lot of positives from a difficult game."