Who cares if Liverpool played poorly again?

It took a Dirk Kuyt goal late into extra-time to see off Standard Liege on Wednesday night, something that wasn’t in the script when the Belgian side were drawn against Liverpool in this Champions League qualifier. The simple truth is that the Reds could have had little cause for complaint if they had been knocked out over the two legs, although nobody will remember that if Benitez’s men have a European campaign to remember.

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Sky Sports reports that the Spaniard is a relieved man after a deadlock lasting nearly 210 minutes was finally broken at Anfield last night, but why did Pool have two mediocre displays?

Benitez said: “Obviously there is some relief with the result. We knew it would be a difficult game against a quick, well-organised team.

“The positive was that we played a little better than recently, we want to win trophies but we also understand the need for money.

“I was delighted that Dirk Kuyt scored the goal. His work is tremendous, he keeps going right to the end and makes a tremendous contribution to our side.”

While Liverpool will have to play better to win trophies this season, the simple truth is that these games can often be tricky, especially if you don’t get your noses in front from an early stage. There’s plenty at stake for both teams and it would be churlish to dismiss Liege as complete no-hopers when they were in effect playing out of their skins. Liverpool fans, are you concerned by the team’s current form or confident that they can start raising the bar?

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