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Benayoun form delights Rafa

13 Sep 2009 - 11:15:19

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun took the plaudits after scoring a hat-trick in the Reds' 4-0 win over Burnley at Anfield.

The Israel international was the undoubted star of the show, with his saved shot also setting up Dirk Kuyt for Liverpool's other goal.

Afterwards, boss Rafa Benitez said: "Yossi had been away on international duty in midweek and done a lot of travelling, but he wanted to play.

"It's important to him to show his quality in every training session and every match.

"Over the seasons he's shown his value coming off the bench, but now he's showing how important he can be with movement and passing ability from the start."

Meanwhile, Benitez confirmed that Javier Mascherano was absent due to a pelvic injury which has delayed his return from Argentina.

The Spaniard added: "He has still not returned. He picked up an injury and it was decided that he needed to have tests.

"Our doctor was in contact with the Argentina medical team and it was decided it was best that he stay there for the tests - he will be back in England next week before the Champions League game.

"The problem was a minor one, but we needed to have the checks made straightaway."

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