Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is pleased to have a Premier League clash so soon to put right the “disappointing game” against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Wednesday in the Carling Cup, which the Reds lost 4-2.
Benitez rested several key players against Tottenham, with Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Jamie Carragher and keeper Pepe Reina just some of the star names missing from the Liverpool team-sheet on Wednesday, although Spanish International Fernando Torres did make his comeback from a hamstring injury.
However, Benitez, while disappointed with the loss to Spurs has insisted that the Premiership remains the most “important competition” for the Merseyside club this season and has called on his Anfield side to show the character and passion in their league encounter with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
“After a disappointing game it is good to have another fixture so quickly and that is what is happening now," said Benitez.
“We have got to show the character that we have shown in the past and respond to defeat in the right way.
“That is the most important thing.
“We have enough quality in our squad, so if we show the right character and passion we will be okay.
“Everyone will be really focused because this is the league and we know this is the most important competition for us.”