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Benitez forced to revise Reds' targets as dismal run continues

RAFAEL BENITEZ has played down Liverpool&rsquo;s title credentials for the first time &ndash; insisting fans need to be &ldquo;realistic&rdquo; as to the club&rsquo;s ambitions.<br /><br />Benitez&rsquo;s side have won only one of their last nine matches in all competitions and lie 11 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Birmingham City on Monday night.<br /><br />Injuries to star players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres have also rocked the Reds in recent weeks, leaving under-fire Benitez to admit that season targets may well have been altered.<br /><br />&ldquo;We have to be realistic and think what our target is now,&rdquo; the Spaniard said. &ldquo;For me it is just the next game, the next point, to see whether we can climb a little higher in the table. Then you never know what can happen. <br /><br />&ldquo;We did win six games in a row; if we did that again everything would be different. The main thing now is to get players fit, and see who we have available for the next game after the international break.<br /><br />&ldquo;We will then wait for some months to pass and see whether we can win some games in succession. That is all I am looking at now.&rdquo;<br /><br />Torres missed Monday night&rsquo;s game with Birmingham amid fears he requires surgery on a groin injury, but Benitez is hopeful a course of treatment will not keep his star striker out for too long.<br /><br />&ldquo;Torres was not confident and we have now started a three-week course of treatment,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;We will have to see how he reacts. We are not considering an operation yet.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don't know if he will be ready for Manchester City on 21 November, the only thing I can say is we&rsquo;re talking about two or three weeks working with the physios.<br />&ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t got a deadline, we just need to see how he is every day.&rdquo;<br /><br />Torres has been left out of the Spain squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Argentina on Saturday and Austria next Wednesday.<br />