CL result and reaction: Liverpool 2 PSV 0

Champions League. Result 




Gerrard 65
Crouch 89

25 Reina
3 Finnan
23 Carragher
5 Agger
6 Riise
16 Pennant (Bellamy, 78)
8 Gerrard
14 Alonso (Zenden
, 21)
11 Gonzalez (Luis
Garcia, 36)
15 Crouch
18 Kuyt


1 Gomes
2 Kromkamp
14 Da Costa
4 Alex
23 Salcido
11 Mendez (Beerens, 81)
6 Simons
22 Feher (Tardelli, 68)
20 Afellay
17 Farfan
10 Kone

1 Dudek
4 Hyypia
9 Fowler
10 Luis Garcia
17 Bellamy
29 Paletta
32 Zenden


21 Moens
3 Reiziger
8 Cocu
18 Addo
19 Lamey
26 Tardelli
33 Beerens

Manager Rafael Benítez: "We are really pleased with the victory
and it is good for it was good for the players, the fans and the whole club
but unfortunately we have some injuries with Mark Gonzalez the more serious. Gonzalez
will be out for at least two weeks with his hamstring which is a blow for us.
Xabi has a dead leg and Pennant has spasms in his hamstring so we will have
to see how he is.

"To lose three
players with injuries is a high price. It made it a very hard match to
manage, when you see players being taken off like that  it does limit what you can do as a manager.  We found ourselves having to use Luis
Garcia, who was not 100% fit after being out for three weeks with a calf
injury. Bolo Zenden too was forced into the game without any warm-up because
the injuries happened so quickly.

"We played very
professionally, and Steven (Gerrard) had a fine game. He scored another goal
and it was good to see him playing with such confidence, the whole team were
happy to see that.


Manager Ronald
"The quality of Gerrard was outstanding, it was an excellent
midfield performance and was something we could not match. We did not do too
badly, we did not give away possession but our build up play from the back
let us down. We have dangerous players up front but if we do not get the ball
to them properly, we will not score goals. A lot of our play was really
sloppy, if you do that you do not create much up front. 

(Speaking about the decision to leave out Phillip Cocu just
before the match with a fever) :
"We were not prepared to risk him because of
the important games we have coming up. It would have been good to have won at
Anfield, but playing away to Liverpool is very different to playing
Galatasaray and Bordeaux
on their own grounds.

"We know we have qualified, but we still want to end the
group with a victory against Bordeaux
in our last match, that would send us into the winter in good spirits."

Full-back Jan Kromkamp:

Domenico Messina