Liverpool boss Benitez explains benching Keane

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he started yesterday's game against Manchester City with Robbie Keane on the bench for tactical reasons. "City have a players with pace and a lot of skill so we were trying to control this in the middle of the park and give freedom to Gerrard," said Benitez. "It wasn't bad but we made some mistakes. In the second half the attitude changed and everything was different.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he started yesterday's game against Manchester City with Robbie Keane on the bench for tactical reasons.

"City have a players with pace and a lot of skill so we were trying to control this in the middle of the park and give freedom to Gerrard," said Benitez. "It wasn't bad but we made some mistakes. In the second half the attitude changed and everything was different.

"Against good teams it's always important to do the right things and we know we can beat anyone. They are a good team with a lot of good players and a good manager, so the belief of our players was the key.

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