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Benitez defiant after title blow


Liverpool made 'massive mistakes' - Benitez

Manager Rafael Benitez says Liverpool made "massive mistakes" in the 4-4 draw with Arsenal but insists his side will not give up in the fight for the title.

The Reds are top of the table on goal difference from Manchester United, who have two games in hand.

United play Portsmouth on Wednesday and Benitez said: "United are in the driving seat. We will see what happens.

"If they win, it will be more difficult but they have to win and they also have to play Arsenal so we will see."

Liverpool came back three times to earn a draw against the Gunners as Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun scored two goals apiece to cancel out four goals from Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin in the thrilling game at Anfield.


"The positive thing is we have scored four goals against Arsenal and it was a good game," added Benitez.

"The other positive thing was the team fighting and working hard and we know this has to be the way until the end of the season."

It is the second game in a row that Liverpool have drawn 4-4 as they finished with the same scoreline at Chelsea as they went out of the Champions League 7-5 on aggregate in the quarter-final.

Arsenal took advantage of some errors from Liverpool's defence and scored after Javier Mascherano was robbed of possession and following tame clearances from Jamie Carragher and Fabio Aurelio and a counter-attack from a Reds corner.

Wenger hails 'top player' Arshavin

"It is really disappointing because we conceded four goals and normally we were not conceding these kind of goals," stated a rueful Benitez.

"We made massive mistakes. It is difficult to explain because it was different players in different stages of the game.

"You don't remember any save from Pepe Reina, it is just four chances and four goals and all of them have been our mistakes.

"For me, the most disappointing goal was the last one, from a corner to Liverpool. You have to control it outside the box."

Arshavin's four-goal haul matched Julio Baptista's quadruple when Arsenal beat Liverpool 6-3 in a Carling Cup quarter-final in January 2007.

"He can play everywhere, like all the great players," commented Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.


"He scored four goals but he was at the end of some good combination play. He has a lot of tricks and a short back-lift and that makes him very dangerous."

He added: "It was a game at a frenetic pace of top quality technically and you could see both teams created many chances.

"We are half happy because we scored four goals and half unhappy because we conceded four.

"Also, 4-3 up with two minutes to go, the team is disappointed to draw but I give credit to my team for a great performance."

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