Rafa Benitez, Liverpool's Spanish manager, arrives for a news conference at the club's Melwood training ground Friday. ((Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images))

Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen the Liverpool squad further in the January transfer window amid a fresh injury crisis that is heaping more problems on the manager.

Benitez started a news conference Friday by reading from a statement of "facts," a lighthearted reference to a tirade he launched almost exactly a year ago against United manager Alex Ferguson which began in similar fashion.

"We are not playing well and we feel sorry for our fans," Benitez said as he read from a piece of paper. "We know every week things can change in football and we have confidence we can improve."

Benitez didn't directly answer questions about his future in the wake of Liverpool exiting the FA Cup, leaving just the Europa League and a top-four finish in the Premier League to fight for this season.

"We want to concentrate and it's better we talk about football," Benitez said ahead of Saturday's match at Stoke. "We must not talk too much about the other things."

Benitez needs reinforcements to lift Liverpool up from seventh in the league and into the Champions League qualification spots.

After signing Argentina winger Maxi Rodriguez on Wednesday, Liverpool lost Fernando Torres, captain Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun to injuries after a defeat against second-tier Reading in the FA Cup.

Torres requires surgery on his right knee that will sideline the striker for six weeks, while Benayoun has been ruled out for up to a month with a fractured rib and Gerrard is out for two weeks with a hamstring strain.

"We are still working hard to find good players," Benitez said. "In this market it is very difficult but we have to keep looking to see if we can find someone."

Torres is urging co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. to find the cash for quality players.

"It's frustrating — we finished second last season," Torres said. "This season should have been a turning point for us, a chance to do something great. Manchester United sold Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Chelsea didn't sign anyone. But it hasn't been.

"It's now the owners' turn. They have to sign players so that this does not happen again. If we want to compete with United and Chelsea we need a much, much more complete squad. We need more genuinely first-class players and we can't let our best players leave."

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina could return from injury at Stoke.