Rafa: Harry has a future
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says Harry Kewell still has a future at the club.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has stated that midfielder Harry Kewell still has a future at the club.
The Australian international has failed to make much of an impression since his £5 million move from Leeds United in the summer of 2003.
A series of injuries of over the last two seasons have hampered the 27-year-old's time on Merseyside, but he made a positive contribution from the substitutes' bench in Liverpool's 3-0 UEFA Champions League win over Anderlecht.
Despite reports that Aston Villa boss David O'Leary may be interested in bringing the winger to the Midlands, Benitez insists Kewell has time to have an impact at Anfield.
"Harry is trying to play as well as possible," Benitez said. "That's his priority.
"Players who have been out injured for a long time need time and support, especially when they are as good as Harry.
"Which team would not want someone who can play as a winger or a second striker and has the quality of Harry Kewell? "In my opinion, he has all the potential and the talent and the quality.
"When you have been injured, you need to play games in a row and when he starts playing well, he will have more confidence.
"We need to see over the next month how he is, but I have confidence in him because he has the sort of quality that we need.
"I believe he still has the desire to succeed here. He's our player. We are supporting him and he must give to us things also."