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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Sissoko told by boss to battle on
Mohamed Sissoko
Sissoko has struggled for form this season
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has held talks with Mohamed Sissoko and urged him to fight for his place in the side.

The Mali midfielder has struggled for form this season and was left out of the squad for the game with Tottenham.

This followed a disappointing performance in Liverpool's Champions League defeat by Marseille.

But Benitez insists he still supports him, saying: "He is giving everything to play well. For our supporters that is the first thing any player must do."

He added on the club website: "Momo was a key player when we won 82 points in the Premier League. Now we need to give him time to allow him to regain his confidence.

"I spoke to him after the Marseille game and said 'keep going'.

"He knows how I work because I managed him when he was 18 at Valencia, where he won the league and Uefa Cup with me.

"He knows I have a lot of confidence in him. I will push him and I will try to improve him."

SEE ALSO
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