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Benitez: Ngog can be key cog

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez claims French striker David Ngog could have an important role to play this season.

Ngog ensured the Reds made progress in the Carling Cup with the only goal of a difficult third-round tie at League One leaders Leeds on Tuesday night.

"He is a young player, but he has quality. That is something we knew. He showed character," said Benitez.

The 20-year-old has made a limited impact since moving to Anfield from Paris St Germain prior to last season, but he also netted as a substitute in the win over Stoke last month.

With the likes of Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and Dirk Kuyt left out of the starting XI, Ngog was trusted as a lone striker at Elland Road and Benitez considers he is making good progress.

"He was trying to keep the ball and get into positions. He was really tired at the end but he did a fantastic job," he added.

"He knows the Premier League is very difficult but here he showed he can do it.

"Cup competitions are always very difficult. You have to win, everyone is working so hard.

"He is still a young player, he has quality."

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