Benitez wants to see ‘real’ Liverpool

Considering the state of the current campaign, the Spaniard’s
comments have more than a ring of truth to them. After Monday’s
diabolical performance in the 1-0 defeat to Wigan – described by
Benitez as “a blip” – the Reds’ hopes of securing a top-four finish
in the Premier League have diminished considerably. As a result the
Europa League – a consolation prize for an early exit from this
season’s Champions League – represents the club’s only realistic
chance of success. Benitez said: “A game right now will be a chance
for the players to show their character. “The last 10 games we have
been all right. We had character, everyone was working hard,
helping each other and working together. “It was a surprise and
hopefully this result (Wigan) is just a blip and we will see the
real Liverpool on Thursday.” With defender Fabio Aurelio still
sidelined with a thigh strain midfielder Yossi Benayoun is
Liverpool’s only injury doubt as he missed training yesterday with
an ankle injury sustained at Wigan. Lille coach Rudi Garcia is not
reading too much into Liverpool’s latest defeat. He said:
“Liverpool are a big team and big teams are always there,” said
Garcia. “We cannot under-estimate them but we’ll see if they
perform again like they did against Wigan. “It will be difficult
(for us) after this more-than-average game they had against Wigan.
“But there are two sides to the story: maybe their confidence is
decreasing but they now know the importance of the Europa League
and winning it will be one of their objectives. “Liverpool are
probably the most legendary team in England, but then again maybe
we have to write our own story the way St Etienne did when they
played them in the quarter-finals back in the 1970s. “We need to
write our own history. We will see that maybe when we play at
Anfield but it is magical to play against such a team.”