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Rafa rules out Ruud swoop

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has dismissed speculation linking him with a January move to sign Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The 33-year-old enjoyed success in England with Manchester United, but Benitez has ruled out plotting a return for the veteran frontman.

He said:"I don't want to talk about individual players or names, but we are not trying for Ruud van Nistelrooy, so that will be very difficult to bring him in.

"We are working hard on getting some players in and have had some good talks, but my priority now is talking about good things with my players.

"We are not trying to sell Ryan Babel either. He has to work harder to get in the team and play if he wants to go to the World Cup."

Meanwhile, Benitez has vowed to continue fielding a strong team in the FA Cup, following a 1-1 third round draw at Reading.

He added:"We know that we have two clear chances to win trophies – the Europa League and the FA Cup – so we will try our best in both and keep improving in the league.

"This is the way now, so we try to win. Our aim is to win trophies so we have to start winning these games."

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