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Reds away goal delights Benitez

Rafa Benitez
Benitez singled out Dirk Kuyt for particular praise

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes his side's away goal could be the key to deciding their quarter-final Champions League tie with Arsenal.

"We are in a good position," said Benitez after his side clinched a 1-1 draw in the first leg at The Emirates.

"It was really important for us to score so fast," he added, referring to Dirk Kuyt's equaliser only three minutes after Emmanuel Adebayor scored.

"The away goal is always important in the Champions League."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was unhappy his side were not awarded a second-half penalty when Kuyt appeared to foul Alexander Hleb but Benitez backed Dutch referee Peter Vink's decision.


"I was watching the replay and I don't think it's clear," added Liverpool's Spanish manager. "In England it is not a penalty."

And Benitez singled out Dutch striker Kuyt for particular praise.

"Kuyt was man-of-the-match - he was always in support," he stated.

see also
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
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Advantage Liverpool?
02 Apr 08 |  Football
Graham Taylor's view
02 Apr 08 |  Internationals
Champions League photos
02 Apr 08 |  Europe
Player Rater
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