Benitez excited by performance

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was delighted with the way his players claimed an important Premier League victory at Bolton today.

Despite going behind twice, Liverpool regrouped and an impressive second half resulted in an 83rd minute winner from Steven Gerrard to seal a 3-2 victory at the Reebok Stadium.

After two defeats in their opening three games of the season, Benitez says his players knew they had to pull out a special performance today.

“Today all of the players wanted to impress and do well – they knew we needed to improve,” he told press after the game.

“From the first minute, the players were playing with a great determination to win and it was important to have this mentality. I am really pleased with the reaction of the players.

“I think today we showed we have quality and when we play at our level, we can beat anyone.

“We had a game plan and we wanted to keep the ball and have plenty of possession. It was a difficult game and we had to come from behind twice, but I think we showed a lot of character.

“We have to improve on some other things, but at least we have won and we can prepare for our next game a little bit more relaxed.”

After a two-week break for international football, Liverpool next play Burnley at Anfield on September 12th.