Post Besiktas: The Match Reaction

Folllowing tonight’s all time UEFA Champions League record result the reds manager has been amongst those discussing the fabulous performance and scoreline:


“The next one is against Porto and at least we will have confidence and the supporters will believe.”

“Porto need to come here to Anfield and they will be worried for sure.”

“The rest of Europe will also be aware of what we have done.

“But in the end we still have to win those last two games, regardless of how many goals we scored this time.”

“We have been creating a lot of chances in previous games, but not scoring them.”

“Today we scored early and the game opened up. Besiktas also had to win to keep their chances of qualifying going so they had to come out and try to attack and that gave our forwards space to use.

“It made our movement easier, the space was there and our strikers were on very good form.

“But we still must win the next two and then wait to see if it is enough.”

“When you create chances, score hat-tricks and play that well, it gives all the front players – Yossi, Ryan and Peter, plenty of confidence that they can attack and be successful,” said Benitez.

“If you score then you have confidence, that is the difference from the way we have played recently.

“But this was an all-round performance by the whole team. (Andriy) Voronin did not score but he was hugely influential in what went on, his play was unselfish and effective.

“He did a tremendous job, and the defence kept a clean sheet so there was very little for me to complain about, just a few minor things.”

The Besiktas coach, Ertugrul Saglam, was apologetic to the Turkish fans:

“It was a very bad night for our team, and fans.”

“The result was very upsetting for us and I would like to say sorry to all our fans.

“It is very difficult to accept this result, but life does go on and we have to work much harder now to improve in the future. I can promise our fans we will do that.”

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