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Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has given some advice to Brendan Rodgers side - saying the Reds need to concentrate on the positives of finishing second in the Premier League last season.

Benitez is better placed than most to learn the lessons of finishing second with Liverpool and not kicking on, after he finished second with the Reds in 2009, only for the club to decline rapidly and finish seventh the following season, in part costing the Spaniard his job given the turbulence at boardroom level at Anfield at the time. 

So far the Reds have struggled this season, having taken just 14 points from their opening 11 games so far this season, leaving them a battle to qualify for next season's Champions League.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the former Champions League winner said: 

“You have to have this experience and say ‘what can we do now?’. We cannot change what happened so we have to think ‘what can we do for the future? How can we be in the same position?’ So I think that’s the only thing.

“When we finished second I was really pleased because we had 86 points and it still was not enough and everyone went ‘oh you lost an opportunity’. So if you continue moaning about ‘oh we lost an opportunity’ you will not be ready for the future. So I think you have to concentrate on what you did well, what you did badly and then try to improve for the future, for the next one.”

Benitez also ruled out any notion that his side Napoli will make a move for Reds striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.

Balotelli has struggled to find his form at Anfield since joining from AC Milan for £16 million in the summer, and has only found the net on two occasions in all competitions since his arrival.

The former Liverpool boss is quoted by several sources, saying: “Mario coming to us in January though? There is absolutely nothing to this, it is just a hypothesis that I have never considered.”

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