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Benitez hangs on to title hopes

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Benitez not giving up title race yet

Defiant Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is refusing to concede the Premier League title to Manchester United.

The Reds now lie seven points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's in-form side with 12 games remaining.

"I have confidence we can still win it," said Benitez, after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield.

"This has been a bad result and it clearly makes it more difficult for us to win the title. We have to win our games and see where that takes us."

Benitez admitted Liverpool must beat United at Old Trafford on 14 March to keep their hopes alive, adding: "Then we may have a different situation."

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Liverpool went behind to a deflected strike from former striker Craig Bellamy on Sunday before Dirk Kuyt rescued a point with a late strike.

But their failure to win means the Reds, who were usurped at the top of the table by United on 17 January, have now drawn six of their 13 home games this season.

Compare that to United, who have won 12 and drawn one of their 13 matches at home.

"It's not easy but the main thing for me is to win our games," said Benitez, whose side face Middlesbrough away and Sunderland at home in their next two league contests.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher echoed the sentiments of his manager.

"It's going to be difficult, of course, but we are never going to throw in the towel," he said. "There are a lot of points still to be played for."

He also insisted the Reds were capable of winning at Old Trafford.

"If you want to win titles, that's what you've got to do," he said. "We've been to some big places and got some good results. It looks like we will have to go there and get three points."

However, Man City manager Mark Hughes does not hold out much hope for Liverpool overhauling his former club.

"It is not over, there are still a lot of games left, but it depends on Manchester United slipping up," he said.

"They don't do that very often. It is very much in their hands and they will have to lose three games now."

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