Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed the contribution of captain Steven Gerrard after he became the leading English scorer in European competition in the 3-1 victory over Unirea Urziceni.

The England midfielder scored the third goal – his 33rd in Europe to overtake Alan Shearer, who scored 30 for Newcastle and two for Blackburn.

„It is really positive for him and the club – it also means we are playing a lot of games in Europe so hopefully we can play a lot more and he can score more goals,” said Benitez.

„It is very good news for the club. This is an historic club with a lot of records so to have a new record is massive for him and very important to the club.”

Gerrard’s goal topped off a successful trip to Bucharest as Liverpool booked a last-16 encounter against French side Lille.

However, it was not as easy as it seemed as the visitors laboured in the opening 25 minutes, during which time Bruno Fernandes’ header put Unirea in front with the Romanians causing plenty of problems from set-pieces.

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Gerrard wins Benitez praise

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed the contribution of captain Steven Gerrard after he became the leading English scorer in European competition in the 3-1 victory over Unirea Urziceni.

The England midfielder scored the third goal – his 33rd in Europe to overtake Alan Shearer, who scored 30 for Newcastle and two for Blackburn.

„It is really positive for him and the club – it also means we are playing a lot of games in Europe so hopefully we can play a lot more and he can score more goals,” said Benitez.

„It is very good news for the club. This is an historic club with a lot of records so to have a new record is massive for him and very important to the club.”

Gerrard’s goal topped off a successful trip to Bucharest as Liverpool booked a last-16 encounter against French side Lille.

However, it was not as easy as it seemed as the visitors laboured in the opening 25 minutes, during which time Bruno Fernandes’ header put Unirea in front with the Romanians causing plenty of problems from set-pieces.

Read the article on Hartlepool Today

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