Liverpool boss Benitez big fan of Standard Liege players

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has welcomed their Champions League qualifier draw against Standard Liege.

"I think there are two very important things about this draw," Benitez told Liverpoolfc.tv. "Firstly, the second game is at home which is really, really important. Clearly that makes a massive difference to play the deciding game in front of our own fans.

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"I'm also pleased because the travelling isn't a problem. We don't have to go too far which is good news, especially when you look at some of the teams we could have drawn.

"People may say it's a kind draw for us but we will treat them with respect. We know some things about their team already but we will now watch more videos and get reports from our scouts before the first game.

"Of course we know about Oguchi Onyewu because he spent some time with Newcastle. Axel Witsel is a good young player and Wilfried Dalmat is probably the best player in their team. Alexandre Da Silva is a good defender as well, so we know they won't be easy opposition for us.

"Overall though it is a good draw and we are happy."

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