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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 January 2008, 07:15 GMT
Benitez defiant over title hopes
Rafael Benitez
Benitez's side still have to visit Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez refused to give up on the race for the Premier League title after a 1-1 draw at home to Wigan on Wednesday.

The Reds surrendered fourth spot in the table to Manchester City and are now 12 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Benitez said: "It's clear the gap is bigger but I've said before that it's a long race and you need to keep thinking about one game at a time if you can.

"If you think about the difference, you will only play with more pressure."

Liverpool have failed to win five of their last eight games and still have to travel to the top three of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, having picked up just two points from three home games against the leading trio.


Benitez added: "It's a difficult position but especially when you know you're creating chances in all of the games and you can't score the second goal and kill the game. It's a problem.

"It is clear that the gap for us now at the top is bigger, but I keep saying we must concentrate on one game and not look at the table and make ourselves nervous."

Titus Bramble's late strike at Anfield rescued the visitors a point after Fernando Torres had given the Reds the lead shortly after the break.

Chris Kirkland made a string of fine saves to deny the Reds and Benitez was left frustrated with his side's efforts in front of goal.

"We created chances, but we needed to take them," he said. "Wigan defended and used the long ball, it got them their goal. I am really disappointed.

"It is really disappointing, it's a another game when we had plenty of possession but needed a little luck too."

Liverpool 1-1 Wigan
02 Jan 08 |  Premier League


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