Yossi cre­ates havoc for United

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

FOOT­BALL LIVER­POOL MID­FIELDER Yossi Be­nay­oun con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive start to the sea­son with an as­sist in his side’s cru­cial league win over Manch­ester United on Sun­day.

Play­ing right-mid­field in place of the in­jured Steven Ger­rard, the Is­rael cap­tain gave United left-back Pa­trice Evra a tor­rid af­ter­noon with his surg­ing runs.

With his side hav­ing lost four suc­ces­sive games, Liver­pool’s ti­tle hopes were on the line un­til Be­nay­oun fash­ioned a de­fence-split­ting pass for Fer­nando Tor­res who scored the side’s opener in the 65th minute.

The 2-0 win lifted the pres­sure off-man­ager Rafael Ben­itez, who has made Be­nay­oun his key creative player since the de­par­ture of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in the sum­mer. The mid­fielder, who has al­ready scored four times in 13 ap­pear­ances, is fi­nally com­ing into his own in his third sea­son with the Mersey­side giants.

And Tor­res, who has been a grate­ful re­cip­i­ent of the Is­raeli’s creative thrusts this sea­son, iden­ti­fied the 29-year-old as one of the team’s fore­most play­ers. The Spa­niard said: “Liver­pool have a fan­tas­tic team, with the likes of my­self, Dirk Kuyt, Steven Ger­rard and Yossi Be­nay­oun.”

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