Rafa praises Reds’ determination

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has praised the efforts of his players yesterday as they came from two goals down to beat Manchester City 2-3 at Eastlands.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, goals from Fernando Torres (2) and Dirk Kuyt turned the game around to ensure the Reds remain joint top of the Barclay’s Premier League table.

Reflecting on the game, Benitez was impressed with the character his players showed to pull back victory. He said, “I told the players at half-time to try and score one goal and then we would be right back in the game. That was the idea and the character and determination of the players was much better than the first half.

“We were pushing hard in the second half and the determination of the players was fantastic.

“The problem in the first half was we were making mistakes against players with ability and pace.

“It’s better for me that we don’t concede goals but at least if you can win it shows the players are ready for winning every game. Physically we are in good condition so credit to our fitness coach. We also have great belief and mentality.”