Benitez - Reds answered critics
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believed his players answered their critics in Sunday's win over Man Utd.
Last Updated: 25/10/09 5:27pm
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez believed his players answered their critics with a display of character in Sunday's victory over Manchester United.
Second-half goals from Fernando Torres and David Ngog allowed the Reds to end a run of four successive defeats in all competitions, a worst spell of form since 1987.
The build-up to the match had piled pressure on Benitez and his players, but they produced an excellent display at a deafening Anfield to defeat fierce foes United.
United's Nemanja Vidic and Liverpool's Javier Mascherano were both sent off in a thrilling climax to proceedings, but Benitez had no complaints about his side's performance.
The Spaniard told Sky Sports 1: "The players showed character and the fans were behind the players, we had 12 men.
"The mentality was good, everyone was working together, plus the goalkeeper (Jose Reina) to the last fan on The Kop. The players answered a lot of questions, that is the most important thing."
Benitez, who takes his side to Arsenal in the Carling Cup in midweek, had been given a vote of confidence from Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow earlier on Sunday.
When asked for his reaction, the Red boss said: "We are just thinking about the next game, Christian Purslow was supporting me and the team, but we have to keep going.
"We cannot be too excited with this win, we have another game on Wednesday."
Asked what a result like this proved, Benitez added: "For me that the team is better than people think, and it shows the character and quality that we have.
"I was not really angry (about the speculation surrounding his future), I was just trying to be focused on my job. The only way to change things in football is to win games."