Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that an injury to defender Martin Skrtel took the shine off his side’s 4-1 aggregate win over Unirea Urziceni in the Europa League.

Goals from Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel, and Steven Gerrard sealed a 3-1 win which sent the Reds into the last 16.

But the Reds suffered a blow when Skrtel was withdrawn with a suspected broken foot.

And Benitez said: „At this moment we don’t know how serious it is but it could be a broken foot. That would be bad news but we will have to wait and see what happens but it was a bad tackle on him.”

Reflecting on the win, the Spaniard added: „We showed character. It was a difficult game because of the pitch. We needed to be calm and do the job properly.

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that an injury to defender Martin Skrtel took the shine off his side’s 4-1 aggregate win over Unirea Urziceni in the Europa League.

Goals from Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel, and Steven Gerrard sealed a 3-1 win which sent the Reds into the last 16.

But the Reds suffered a blow when Skrtel was withdrawn with a suspected broken foot.

And Benitez said: „At this moment we don’t know how serious it is but it could be a broken foot. That would be bad news but we will have to wait and see what happens but it was a bad tackle on him.”

Reflecting on the win, the Spaniard added: „We showed character. It was a difficult game because of the pitch. We needed to be calm and do the job properly.

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