Rafa thankful for internationals!

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who infamously fights against the powers that be about international friendly breaks, has welcomed the latest one, saying ‘œthe rest was good for us’.

The Reds won their last two Premier League games before international duty, followed by FA Cup games, meant a two-week break from action. The games resume this Sunday as the Reds take on Manchester City at Anfield (3pm kick-off).

In preparation for the must-win game, as Liverpool look to keep up the pace on league leaders Manchester United, Benitez said, “We had been playing too many games in a row and so it was important for the players to rest and enjoy some time with their families. We need to be ready for the important weeks ahead.

“We know the City game is massive for us and that’s why we have to concentrate totally on it and prepare properly.

“City are scoring goals but also conceding some so clearly they are a dangerous team. They have good players with the likes of Robinho and Bellamy so offensively we have to be aware.”

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