Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says he should be allowed to strengthen his squad following the Champions League defeat by Benfica.

Speaking in the wake of the 2-0 defeat by the Portuguese outfit that saw the holders of the competition go out on aggregate 3-0, Benitez said the team needed strengthening

The Spaniard, who has been linked with moves to Inter and Real Madrid, said: “We need to work harder in terms of looking for players.

“It is important to strengthen… and buy new players.

“We will start working now. The scouting department is working for improving the team.”

Benitez spent £5.8m on Daneil Aggger in the January transfer window, and he signed Robbie Fowler on a free transfer from Manchester City and brought Jan Kromkamp in from Villarreal in a swap deal for Josemi.

However, according to reports in the English media, the former Valencia coach has asked for a summer transfer budget of £30m.

Benitez denied there was any tension between him and the Liverpool board ahead of the Benfica match.

“I don’t have any problems with the board, the chief executive or the chairman,” he said.

“If we win this game it could make things easier financially.”

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