Benitez praises youngsters
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafael Benitez was delighted with his youngsters after they beat Middlesbrough.Rafael Benitez was delighted with his Liverpool youngsters after they beat Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup.
The likes of Neil Mellor, Darren Potter, Zak Whitbread, Stephen Warnock and Richie Partridge all played their part in the victory.
Two goals from Mellor dumped Boro out of the competition and earned a place in the quarter finals for Liverpool.
Benitez will now have to decide if he sticks with the young guns for the next round, but he was keeping his cards close to his chest.
"The young players played very well," said Benitez. "These players have a very good mentality, we tried to play well and keep the ball and I'm delighted.
"We started very well and we had many opportunities and in the end I think the result was justified.
"We need to enjoy the result, Mellor must be very happy with his goals but we will have to see for Saturday if he plays - I think Milan Baros will be ok by then.
"We will see in the next round who plays, we will hopefully have more players available by then.
"They are good young players who train hard and when they come in they have done a good job.
"All they have to do now is carry on training hard and they will get their chance."