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By ESPN Staff

Benitez to rest players ahead of Cup final

LIVERPOOL, England, April 25 (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez plans to rest some players for Wednesday's Premier League match against FA Cup final opponents West Ham United.

Liverpool are third in the table, six points behind second-placed Manchester United, who they can overtake with three games still left to play.

"We will try and rest some players that will need a rest," Benitez told reporters on Tuesday.

"Maybe they will rest some players as well because they will be thinking about the final.

"This game will not be the most important result of the season as we will be thinking of the final," he added.

Liverpool foiled Chelsea's bid for the double by beating them 2-1 last weekend while West Ham reached the May 13 Cup final with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Benitez said Australian midfielder Harry Kewell had been one of the keys to Liverpool's success this season by solving the side's biggest problem and providing an outlet in wide positions.

"Harry played well before Christmas and now again his level of play is very good," the Spaniard said.

"He is quick and is scoring a lot of goals and is full of confidence. That is good for the team.

"Last season we had problems in the wide areas and now we have an option with Harry.

"He is a player that we can give the ball too at certain times and he can beat players."