Benitez tries his best to make his new signing feel better about his stuttering start to his Anfield career!
Benitez said: “Robbie is a better player than the one we are seeing now.
“He gets disappointed when things are not going his way. He is a worker but can improve. He will be okay.”
The Irishman was replaced after 66 minutes by 19-year-old French striker David Ngog on Monday as Liverpool chased the win that would have moved them three points clear in the Premier League.
Benitez added: “Robbie was disappointed when he came off. But players always want to be on the pitch for 90 minutes. “We know what kind of player Robbie Keane is. He needs people around him to pass the ball well.
“He will score more if we create chances for him. If that does not happen, we have to use players with different qualities to open up the game.” (BBC Sport)
A manager obviously has to say such things as this, and I am sure that in Rafa’s case he well and truly means what he says, but when Torres comes back, is there a place for the misfiring Irishman? Forget the cost paid to Tottenham for the striker for a moment and consider this, in the 22 games that the Dublin lad has turned out for the club, how many did he ACTUALLY impress in? In many ways I echo what Ian Rush said a few weeks back about the need for a player to constantly be in top form for a club of the stature of Liverpool. Obviously Robbie has talent and on his day he is a world class attacker but the question remains, why is it invariably not his day!
Do Liverpool fans think that another striker needs to be brought in during the January transfer window?