Monday, July 9, 2007


Rafa Benitez insists Jermaine Pennant remains an integral part of his first-team plans despite the possible arrival of new wingers at the club.
Benitez revealed at a press conference following the capture of Fernando Torres that he would like to add more width to his squad. However, Pennant is still very much part of the Liverpool manager's plans, particularly if he continues the form shown on Saturday, when he claimed three assists during the 3-2 victory over Wrexham. Benitez said: "Jermaine is the type of player I like, a winger who goes forward and puts crosses in. He can do this job perfectly but we do need other players in wide areas. "He played really well in the Champions League final and he has also done really well in pre-season. "But we don't need a lot of new players, maybe two new faces." Pennant played 52 times in his first season at Anfield, scoring one goal.

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