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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 12, 2008

Benitez determined to clinch key signings

Rafael Benitez insists he will successfully complete some major Liverpool signings in the coming weeks.

The Anfield boss had seen the supporting cast of youth and fringe players from his squad complete the club's first pre-season friendly with a 1-0 win at Tranmere today, thanks to a fine first-half winner from Yossi Benayoun.

But it was the players Benitez is trying to bring to the club - Gareth Barry and Robbie Keane - who occupied minds of the manager and many of the big Liverpool following in the 15,000 sell-out Prenton Park crowd.

Benitez would not be drawn on specific names, but as he prepares to take his squad to Switzerland tomorrow for a fortnight-long training camp, he said: 'We are still working hard to bring in two more players.

'I would hope that there would be some progress next week or very soon.'

Benitez added: 'I was delighted with the fitness levels of the players, Benayoun scored a fantastic goal and there were plenty of things that were really positive.

'I was happy with Daniel Agger's comeback, he will be a welcome addition to our defence in the coming season.

'Philipp Degen also did well on his debut, he was very impressive attacking down the right side.'

Liverpool also brought new £3million goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on for his debut in the second half.

He embarrassingly delayed the restart because he was not ready for action, with Agger having to tie the Brazilian's bootlaces for him on the pitch.

But Benitez said: 'He did not have too much to do, but he is a keeper who will fight for his place and put pressure on others around him.'

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