Manager Rafael Benitez vows to fight on at Liverpool
Benitez's Liverpool have lost 12 times this season
Under-pressure Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has vowed to fight on, despite seeing his side exit the FA Cup at the hands of Championship outfit Reading.
The Reds squandered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 after extra time in their third-round replay with the Royals.
Liverpool are already out of the Champions League and are 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
"Everybody has been talking about me but I'll keep working hard with my team," Benitez told the club's website.
"From the beginning of the season we have been a little bit frustrated but we have to carry on. When you are in the race you need to keep going.
"We are not in the competition [FA Cup] any more. If the critics are fair, then it's OK but it's been the same for three months."
The defeat was Liverpool's 12th of the season and leaves them facing the very real likelihood of finishing the campaign without a trophy for the fourth successive season, although they are still in contention in the Europa League.
The Reds produced another below-par performance and were deservedly beaten by a committed Reading side.
An own goal from Ryan Bertrand had given Liverpool the lead but an injury-time penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson and an extra-time header from Shane Long turned the game in Reading's favour.
"It was difficult to take as we were in the 92nd minute and winning the game. Everything then changed," added Benitez, who was also hit by the news that striker Fernando Torres and midfielder Steven Gerrard require scans on the respective knee and hamstring injuries they suffered against the Royals.
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