Kuyt - Rafa proved right

08 February 2009 03:26
Dirk Kuyt admits Rafa Benitez was proved right to drop several first-team regulars for Liverpool's 3-2 win at Portsmouth.[LNB] Reds boss Benitez sprung a surprise with his team selection at Fratton Park after leaving Kuyt, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres on the bench, while also changing to a three-man central defence.[LNB]Benitez's substitutions worked perfectly as Kuyt brought the Reds level at 2-2 before Torres headed home a stoppage-time winner.[LNB]Dutch attacker Kuyt concedes he would prefer to be starting games, but he understands Benitez's decision to freshen up his team.[LNB]"It's the choice of the boss," said Kuyt. "Of course, as a player you always want to play, but it is the manager's choice - and he was right."[LNB]SpiritJamie Carragher acknowledged Benitez had taken a gamble and feels the victory at Pompey proves Liverpool's desire to win the Premier League title.[LNB]"There are a few times that we've come back, so that tells you about the spirit of the team," said Carragher.[LNB]"It's always a gamble when your big names are on the bench.[LNB]"But we had extra-time against Everton in the week, so it wasn't about big names but fresh players.[LNB]"They came off the bench to make a difference and that's what they did."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports