Benitez hails Reds fightback

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez praised his side for the "fantastic" character that enabled them to stretch their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

Dirk Kuyt capped a rousing fightback against 10-man Manchester City by scoring a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Eastlands.

"Our character and determination shone through in the second half. It was fantastic," said Benitez.

City were left stunned by the Reds fightback after taking a two-goal lead in the first half through Stephen Ireland and Javier Garrido.

Fernando Torres dragged Liverpool back into the game with his second brace in successive league games before Kuyt pounced to complete the comeback.

"We were made to pay for two mistakes but we went on to show a good mentality to win the game," said Benitez.

"The belief of the players was the key to our success.

"I just told the team at half-time that we just needed one goal to get back in the game.

"Physically were are in good condition as well and the players are ready for every game."

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Javier Garrido
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