Rafa happy for Harry
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez was delighted Harry Kewell finally got back on the scoresheet.Rafa Benitez was delighted for Harry Kewell as he finally got his name back on the scoresheet for Liverpool in spectacular fashion.
The Australian has never really shown his true capabilities since moving to Anfield from Leeds, and has struggled in the past year or so with continuing injury problems.
Of late though he has started to show glimpses of the form that made him one of the best left wingers in The Premiership as he enjoys a settled run in the side.
Kewell showed his quality with a thunderous volley against Tottenham on Saturday that was enough to give The Reds a 1-0 win at Anfield.
It was a fitting way to win the game and Kewell must have enjoyed his first Liverpool goal in 13 months, and his first Premiership strike at Anfield since November 2003.
"If you are to win a game by just one goal you would want it to be a goal like that," said Benitez.
"It was good for Harry to score a goal like that and in front of the Kop, considering all the problems he has had over the past season or so.
"There were times when I was disappointed with the situation he found himself in, but I have talked to him and he knows how important he is to us.
"If he continues to play like this he will give the side something extra on the left.
"He is training now without pain, training every day and he now knows with his recent performances that he can now play again at this level."
Benitez was happy with the display against a solid Spurs side who had a point to prove after their FA Cup exit at Leicester.
"This was a very good win for us and it was difficult against a good team who played well.
"They had a lot of the ball and had a clear chance at the start of the second half from our mistake, but we kept going and had some good chances.
"We didn't play fantastic football today but the team is more mature now to win games like this and work hard and play as a team."
Benitez is still looking to strengthen his squad before the end of the transfer window, but insisted he would not buy just for the sake of it.
"We are looking for good players, who are good enough to play for us. But it is not easy because we have a very good team."