Rafael Benitez is relieved at beating Lille in Europe
Torres makes Liverpool difference - Benitez
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was delighted after his team overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Lille to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.
A Fernando Torres double and a Steven Gerrard penalty secured a 3-1 aggregate win and came 24 hours after midfielder Albert Riera's outburst at the club.
Benitez said: "It was difficult because they are a good team. The atmosphere was great and everybody is happy now.
"We needed to score the third goal just in case and it was a bit of a relief."
The pressure was immense on the Reds with the Europa League the only remaining chance to claim their first piece of silverware for four years.
And Benitez's preparation for the Anfield clash included suspending Albert Riera after the Spaniard, desperate to play in the World Cup, accused his boss of having something "personal" against him and "turning a deaf ear" to players.
Gerrard settled some early nerves with an eighth-minute penalty after a foul on the impressive Lucas, and two goals by Torres, at the start and end of the second half, ensured Liverpool joined Fulham in the last eight.
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