Rafa resists transfer temptation
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Rafa Benitez has suggested he will resist the temptation to add to his squad this month by emphasising his belief that his current Liverpool squad can deliver a first league title in 19 years.

The Spanish manager has been linked with a move to bring former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey back to Anfield but there has been no movement on that front since the transfer window opened at the start of January. With Fernando Torres, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio and Alvaro Arbeloa all back from injury, Benitez believes Liverpool are in good shape for the battle with Manchester United and Chelsea over the second half of the season.

"We finished 2008 very well, we played with style and have scored a lot of goals," Benitez said. "I am very pleased and happy with the situation and hope it will be the same in the new year. We have other players apart from Torres coming back from injury. There is Skrtel, Aurelio and Arbeloa all fit now. It will be like signing three new players.

"We do not need to go into the transfer market, we are certainly not desperate to do so," he added.  "If we find we need something we will try, but it is always hard in this window and very expensive. But we are in a good position and I am happy to use the players we have now plus the ones returning from injury."

The only departure from Anfield is likely to be out-of-favour winger Jermaine Pennant, who is reportedly a target for AC Milan. Benitez will however be without defender Emiliano Insua until 8 February after the Argentinian, who has recently broken into the first team, was called up by his country for the South American Under-20 Championship.