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Last Updated: Friday, 14 December 2007, 09:06 GMT
Benitez gets support from Queiroz
Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz (left) and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Queiroz (left) is impressed by the squad built by Benitez
Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz says he is amazed that Rafa Benitez is under pressure at Liverpool.

United travel to Anfield on Sunday and Benitez faces a crunch meeting with Reds' American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks later that day.

Benitez recently criticised the club's transfer policy, upsetting Gillett and Hicks and putting his job on the line.

"After everything Rafa has done for Liverpool he doesn't deserve to be under this pressure," Queiroz said.

"I've known him for a long time and he is a great coach and a great man."

Queiroz fears the "continental" penchant for sacking managers without giving them much time is spilling into the Premier League.

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But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's Portuguese assistant has hailed the squad Benitez has built at Anfield, reserving special praise for Spanish striker Fernando Torres.

Torres has scored 12 goals so far this season, while Liverpool are six points behind United with a game in hand.

"I have been in England for five years and I have never seen a Liverpool side looking so strong in the league at this point of the season," said Queiroz.

"Torres is doing really well and I am impressed with him.

"He is already going some way to making the difference for Liverpool this season.

"I think he's a good finisher and he's a player who gives Liverpool something completely different.

"Certainly we will have to be careful of him because he is dangerous. We are always confident in what we can do and we will not worry too much. But we do recognise his quality."

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