Benitez hails “fantastic” Benayoun

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was delighted after watching his side demolish Burnley 4-0 at Anfield this afternoon thanks to a Yossi Benayoun hat-trick.

The Israeli international midfielder bagged a goal in the first half and two in the second, with Dirk Kuyt grabbing the Reds’ other goal.

Benitez told reporters after the game he was extremely impressed with Benayoun’s performance.

He said, “We know he’s a player with quality. We have seen how good he is coming from the bench and we were talking about whether he could start or not.

“Today he was very, very good and his movement was fantastic for the team.

“During the internationals I was talking with some players about how they could change things, and it was just to work hard.

“Yossi was away but he wanted to play, and when a player wants to play it’s very easy: you have to prove these things in every training session and in a game if you get the opportunity.

“Yossi is someone with experience and he knows the best way to fight for your position is doing something well on the pitch.”

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