France's battered reputation could help Liverpool

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London, Nov.22 (ANI): Coach Rafa Benitez believes France's battered reputation could help Liverpool complete another Euro miracle.

The Reds need Lyon to go from 'cheats' to emblems of fair play against Fiorentina on Tuesday - even though the French club have already qualified for the Champions League group stage, News of The World reports.

Four of Lyon's players were part of the French squad whose integrity was hit by Thierry Henry's handball in the World Cup play-off win over Republic of Ireland.

Benitez said: "I don't know if the Henry incident will affect Lyon but it could be good for us. It will be difficult for them but they have quality and players who want to prove something. If they want to show everyone in the world they are good professionals and want to win every game, it would be good.

"It could be something that works out positively for Liverpool. Their coach said they would try to win. He is a professional. I know Lyon have a good group of professionals and a good manager," he added.

Meanwhile, Benitez has been assured his immediate Liverpool future will not be threatened by midweek events in Italy or Hungary. (ANI)

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