Thursday night saw Liverpool secure a 4-1 aggregate win in Bucharest – a satisfactory evening after a disappointing start for Liverpool. It was also the first time Liverpool have scored three goals in a single match since September.
With thoughts turning to Blackburn on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League, Benitez’s main concern now is with the injured Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool’s night ended on a worrying note when Unirea substitute Antonio Semedo caught Skrtel in a challenge which saw the Sloavakian carried from the field on 66 minutes to be replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Following the game, Benitez commented “We don’t know how serious it is but it could be a broken foot. That would be bad news but we will have to wait and see what happens but it was a bad tackle.”
Skrtel’s absence on Sunday against Blackburn, coupled with Kyrgiakos’ domestic suspension means Jamie Carragher will be moved back into the middle of defence, with Martin Kelly favourite to take the right back spot. Glen Johnson isn’t expected to be fit in time.
Of the match, Rafa said “We showed character. It was a difficult game because of the pitch. We needed to be calm and do the job properly”.
“To play better we needed to score our goal as they were dangerous at set-pieces. I think once we scored a goal everything was easier and the second and third goals made things better.
“Still we had some problems but the main thing was to score; we did it and we had more control of the game.”