Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez felt his much-changed team were rewarded for their hard work after edging past Leeds in the Carling Cup.
The Premier League giants were given a scare by the League One leaders at an electric Elland Road before eventually settling the third-round tie with a second-half David Ngog goal.
Yet Benitez, after making nine changes, brushed off suggestions that his team had ridden their luck.
The Spaniard said: "We worked hard and I feel we had our chances. We won with a lot of players not playing and I am really pleased with my team, with the squad.
"These kind of games are very important to keep the quality of character. I think it was a fantastic win for us.
"I think we showed today we can manage with different players and for the rest of the season it is important to know you have players who can come in."