Future bright for Reds - Benitez

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Rafael Benitez has written himself into Liverpool history with his 40th European victory as Anfield boss, but it was the performances of his youngsters against PSV Eindhoven which pleased the Spaniard the most.

The convincing 3-1 win over PSV in their last Champions League pool game - which confirmed top spot in Group D - set a points record at this stage of the competition and saw Benitez overtake Bob Paisley's club record number of wins in Europe.

"It is always good to be able to bring on local youngsters, produced by the club," said Benitez. "And Stephen Darby, Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly all did well on their European debuts."

He added: "Everything went right and I was delighted with the over-all performance. There were plenty of positives for the club and it's future."

Once Ryan Babel had equalised Danko Lazovic's opener for PSV there was only going to be one winner with Albert Riera and Ngog scoring fine second-half goals.

Babel's goal was Liverpool's 300th in the European Cup, and the victory saw Liverpool pip Atletico Madrid for top spot in group D.

Benitez said: "We wanted to win the group to make sure that we had the second leg of the next round at Anfield.

"And there were so many positive things to take from this performance. We were able to use three young lads, and the performances of two other young players, Lucas and Ngog, were outstanding.

"We were able to make a lot of changes, and all the players coming in did well. Diego (Cavalieri) in goal was very good, Ryan (Babel) scored a fine goal and worked hard throughout."

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