Reds keep title race alive
Liverpool will head into their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea this week buoyed by a belief that everything is falling into place for them as the season approaches its climax.world Updated: Apr 05, 2009 22:54 IST
Liverpool will head into their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea this week buoyed by a belief that everything is falling into place for them as the season approaches its climax.
A frustrating afternoon against Fulham on Saturday could easily have ended in a goalless stalemate. But Yossi Benayoun's 92nd-minute winner ensured the Reds kept the pressure on Manchester United in the Premier League title race.
As manager Rafael Benitez acknowledged, it was exactly the kind of break that can make a huge difference come the end of the season. "Hopefully it will be the most important goal of the season if we can win the title," the Spaniard said.
"We were working so hard and playing, we knew we had a chance to win. "To get that win is good for the supporters, but for me the main thing is the belief of the players. We knew it would be difficult, but still we are winning and we will see where we go because we have a lot of confidence now.
"We hope we can keep the fans happy until the end, that will be the important. We have to enjoy this but there are still a lot of games to come."
Having struck the woodwork four times in the first half, Liverpool's efforts had appeared destined to go unrewarded.
"Normally I am calm when we score," Benitez said. "But it was a very important goal at a crucial time, and because we had so many chances we were thinking it was a pity to leave two points.”