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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 19:00 GMT
Baros hat-trick delights Benitez

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez praised Milan Baros after the striker's hat-trick sealed a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield.

"He plays very well around and in the box. It's a fantastic day for him," said Benitez.

"To score three goals is important for all the players. With Djibril Cisse injured, it's important to have all our strikers in good condition.

"The players are very, very happy and the supporters too."

Liverpool looked to be heading for a frustrating draw after goals from Joonas Kolkka and Michael Hughes cancelled out strikes from Baros.

But Baros won his second penalty of the match in the 90th minute and kept his cool from the spot to seal the win.

"We fought right until the end and that was important," said Benitez.

"We knew it would be difficult but I thought we played as we had to. The only thing was that we crossed many balls at the end of the game and didn't get anything.

"But we had the opportunity. In my opinion the penalties were right and I thought it was just that we won."

Benitez said the squad would be boosted by the imminent return of injured captain Steven Gerrard.

"He will play on Monday with the reserve team and we hope he could play with us next week," he said.

Interview: Hat-trick hero Milan Baros

Interview: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez

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