Benitez thanks Anfield crowd for support against Sunderland

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Beating relegation bound Sunderland is no big deal but for Liverpool and their manager Rafael Benitez, the 3-0 victory over the Black Cats at Anfield in the English Premier League on Saturday comes as a massive relief after a winless streak and off-the-pitch fiasco. quotes the gaffer as telling Setanta Sports that he is delighted to be back to winning ways in the league and especially thanks the Kop for lifting their spirits.

Rafa says:

Before I start I want to say thank you to the supporters, because when we needed them today. They were behind the team, they were there for us.

The victory gives the Reds much needed breathing space as the fight to qualify for a UEFA Champions League spot intensifies. The title is already lost though but the Kop wants Rafa to stay at Anfield even at the expense of the club’s American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

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