Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez
's job appears safe for now following the Reds' 2-0 win over defending
champion Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday that ended a four-game losing streak in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool is still six points behind EPL leader
Chelsea and trails Lyon and Fiorentina in its Champions League group, but the Reds got a boost with their win over United without Liverpool's injured star Steven
"We needed to win for the confidence, so I think it will be a big boost for the team," Benitez said. "All the players didn't want to lose. They
wanted to show character and this was the perfect response. It was against a good team so the fans are delighted and then you can see all the players feel the same way. It has to be positive.
Hopefully this will be a turning point. If we can keep the momentum I am sure we have a good team and can win some games in a row."
Even without Gerrard, Liverpool won the game
in midfield, where Javier Mascherano
and Fabio Aurelio
Like Gerrard, Spaniard Fernando Torres
has been battling a groin injury, but he celebrated his return with a well-taken goal to give Liverpool the
lead in the 65th minute. David Ngog
added an insurance goal late in the game after Nemanja Vidic
card for a professional foul on Dirk Kuyt
) and Mascherano (second yellow card) has been sent off, reducing both teams to 10 players.
was United's first this season in all competitions.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
admitted his team had been outplayed but he
was confident his players will bounce back.
"Last year we lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool, got hold of the bit again and went on to win the league and that is our challenge,"