Keane strikes at last as Liverpool beat PSV 3-1
Robbie Keane scored his first goal for Liverpool as Rafael Benitez's men completed a comfortable 3-1 win over PSV Eindhoven at Anfield on Wednesday.sports Updated: Oct 02, 2008 18:38 IST
Robbie Keane scored his first goal for Liverpool as Rafael Benitez's men completed a comfortable 3-1 win over PSV Eindhoven at Anfield on Wednesday.
Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring after 4 minutes before Keane struck his first goal in his ninth start for Liverpool by converting a Fernando Torres cross in the 34th.
Steven Gerrard blasted home from a second half free-kick to net his 100th goal in Liverpool colours and give Benitez victory in his 250th game in charge of the Reds.
The Liverpool manager will be upset at the manner substitute Danny Koevermans was allowed to get between sleeping defenders to score a consolation goal quickly after Gerrard's 76th minute strike.
"It was almost a perfect night," Benitez told a news conference. "Only a clean sheet would have made it better.
"It was good that Robbie scored. Everyone was talking about this, so it was really important for him and us too. Maybe now we will talk about his first goal in the Premier League but at least we won't talk about his first goal."
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Keane, who cost Liverpool an initial 19 million pounds ($33.87 million) in July, had caused growing concern at his failure to find the net.
But the Irishman showed confident poise to guide Torres' cross past Andreas Isaksson in the PSV goal after the Sweden keeper should have dealt better with Dutchman Kuyt's early goal.
"People have made mistakes and if that happens you will be punished but there was a difference in quality," PSV coach Huub Stevens said afterwards of Isaksson's mistake.
"The financial gap between the Dutch clubs and the rest of Europe is too big now," he added
"When you see the players in Italy, Spain and England, there is a difference. We are just happy to be in the Champions League whereas they must win. It is a problem for the Netherlands."
Liverpool's next opponents Atletico Madrid top Group D on goal difference after a 2-1 home win over Olympique Marseille and Benitez refused to get carried away before the two sides meet next in Madrid on Oct. 22.
"We have to play four more games and we know from experience from last season how important it is to keep going to the end. We have to win until we get ten points," he said.