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By unknown | Nov 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Liverpool won't have long to bask in Europe's adulation after a majestic 8-0 rout of Besiktas.

Liverpool won't have long to bask in Europe's adulation after a majestic 8-0 rout of Besiktas.

By next month, Tuesday's record Champions League result will be worthless if the Reds can't secure their passage into the knockout phase by seeing off FC Porto and Marseille.

"I prefer to win trophies more than these kind of records," manager Rafa Benitez said..

After managing only one point in their first three group games, Liverpool's rout was the most lopsided victory in Champions League history, beating the 7-0 record that Juventus set in 2003 and Arsenal matched two weeks ago.

Like Benitez, his players' euphoria was largely restrained, focusing on the future rather than gloating about the historic feat.

"The rest of Europe will also be aware of what we have done," Benitez said. "But in the end we still have to win those last two games, regardless of how many goals we scored this time."

Before crushing the Turks, Liverpool had three listless displays in Group A, getting their solitary point from an opening draw at Porto. That was followed by a demoralising defeat at home to Marseille and a now unimaginable loss in Istanbul two weeks ago.

"We let ourselves down with the start we had in the group - we're a better side then that," striker Peter Crouch said.

Liverpool's inability to convert chances into goals has also blotted their start to the Premier League season - winning six, but drawing five to trail leaders Arsenal by six points in seventh place.

"We're our worst critics and we've not been as good as we would have liked recently," Crouch said. "Hopefully we've now put that to bed and we'll take a lot of confidence from that."

The England striker started the scoring in the 19th minute and completed the onslaught with a header in the final minute. - Sapa-AP


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