Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, seen here in January 2008, believes his team's experience in going behind against Havant and Waterlooville will provide all the motivation his team need in their FA Cup fifth round tie against Barnsley as he ponders whether to recall Fernando Torres.
Rafael Benitez believes Liverpool's experience in going behind against Havant and Waterlooville will provide all the motivation his team need in their FA Cup fifth round tie against Barnsley as he ponders whether to recall Fernando Torres.
The Reds, who won the Cup in 2006, have limped through to the last 16, requiring a replay to beat League One Luton and trailing 1-0 and 2-1 to non-league club Havant before going on to win 5-2.
Star striker Torres, Fabio Aurelio, Sami Hyypia and Alvaro Arbeloa have all returned to training after injuries but Benitez will also take into account Tuesday's Champions League game against Inter Milan before making his final selection for Saturday's match at Anfield.
"We have a difficult game, and I say difficult because we have some experience in the Cup," Benitez said.
"Everybody says that we'll beat Barnsley but we must be careful and do the right things.
"Always when you play a team from another division you must still do your jobs properly. We have the game against Havant and Waterlooville as experience," the Spaniard added.
"We were thinking about scoring goals and we conceded. In this game we must not give the other team any options."
And he warned that, after what happened last time in the Cup, Liverpool would be mentally ready for a tough challenge from Barnsley, who play their league football in the second-tier Championship.
"Clearly this is a Cup final for them, so it's a tough game. We also know they are physically very strong, so we must be careful. We have to give them a lot of respect.
"We have to score first and everything will be okay."
Benitez feels that Liverpool can still make progress in the FA Cup and the Champions League despite their patchy form in the Premier League, where they are currently a huge 19 points behind leaders Arsenal.
"We know we are not doing as well in the league and we must improve, but the FA Cup and Champions League are different competitions and we can beat anyone," he said.
Benitez has a doubt over centre-back Martin Skrtel, who is struggling with a calf problem, but that is nothing compared to the goalkeeping concerns that have troubled Barnsley.
Tykes manager Simon Davey will pin his faith in a goalkeeper who has made just two appearances in the last two seasons.
Davey has turned to Lee Steele to save his keeper crisis ahead of the daunting trip to Anfield.
He has been forced to sign the West Brom keeper on emergency loan due to Tony Warner being cup-tied and Heinz Muller ruled out for the season through serious injury.
It promises to be a baptism of fire for 23-year-old former Manchester United keeper Steele, whose last appearance was for the Baggies in December.
The move is a bold gamble considering Steele has barely played since 2006.
"Luke has a fantastic pedigree and although this will be a big ask of him I'm sure he will rise to the challenge," said Davey.
Meanwhile Barnsley captain Brian Howard added the team as a whole would have not be over-awed.
"It's Liverpool we're playing, they were in the Champions League final last year. Everyone is going to be well up for it. The whole squad, the club and the town are looking forward to it. We hope we can put on a show."