Liverpool edged past Lille with a commanding Anfield display seeing Rafa overturn the one goal deficit to make it through to the next stage of the Europa League thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and a brace Fernando Torres.
The win eases pressure on the Anfield sides boss and gives them a good chance of salvaging some silverware from what has been a wretched season. An early goal was always going to be crucial and Steven Gerrard put away a spot kick after Lucas was taken down in the box.
Fernando Torres then doubled the lead five minutes into the second half with a typically well taken goal and with Lille still only needing to net once to go through on away goals the Spaniard calmed Liverpool nerves by scoring his second and his sides third in the dying seconds.
Liverpool 1-0 Lille (Gerrard)
Liverpool 2-0 Lille (Torres)
Liverpool 3-0 Lille (Torres)