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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 07:58 GMT
Benitez apologises for hammering
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Benitez's experimental line-up back-fired spectacularly
Manager Rafael Benitez apologised to Liverpool supporters after watching the Reds humbled in the Carling Cup 6-3 at Anfield by a young Arsenal team.

A stunned Benitez said: "It is a bad night for us and all we can say is sorry to the supporters.

"Now is not the time to point the finger or look to blame people. We win together and we lose together.

"We must forget about it as soon as possible and look ahead to Watford on Saturday and the Champions League."

The future of the club is very promising. We aim to keep these players together

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The result comes just three days after Arsenal dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield and Benitez's side were booed off by a furious crowd.

The Spaniard added: "The problem was conceding four goals in the first half.

"When you are faced with a scoreline like that it is very difficult to manage the game.

"We needed an early goal in the second half but couldn't find it. When we did score Arsenal had the quality to keep the ball and make it difficult for us."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lavished praise on his young charges and said he thinks the incredible display shows that the Gunners have a bright future.

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"These lads have worked very hard to integrate and to do what we want them to do," said Wenger.

"They have shown great mental strength and I am highly tempted to play many of them in the semi-final against Spurs.

"They have earned the right maybe to play in the next round. It is a very satisfying night.

"I feel there is a continuity inside the club, and we feel we have worked very, very hard.

"The future of the club is very promising. We aim to keep these players together and keep the spirit right. Then we have a great chance for the future."

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