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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 October 2005, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Gerrard sees positives in defeat
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard dismissed talk of the Premiership title race being over after Chelsea beat Liverpool 4-1.

"We're a long way behind but I'm not going to concede any title in October," the Reds skipper said after the defeat.

"I'm the captain of the club and it's my job to drive the lads on. I don't think there's a massive gap between the teams and I don't think the gap is 4-1.

"We played really well and the scoreline does not give a true reflection of the game."

Gerrard conceded that Chelsea scored their second goal, shortly before half-time, at a good time and described the Blues as a "great side".

"We were disappointed to come in 2-1 down. We were still in it but we were punished twice when we were chasing the game," he added.

"Every team in Europe has weaknesses but they have very few and they are hard to find.

"They don't leave much space and they are a great side."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had claimed Chelsea were scared of his side before the match following their midweek goalless draw in the Champions League.

However, this result leaves the Anfield outfit 17 points behind their opponents and it was the first time they had conceded four goals at home in the Premiership.

"In the first half we played really well and in the first 25 minutes we were in control," said Benitez.

"We were pressing them at the start of the second half and the third goal was the most important one.

"It's more difficult to score two goals for a draw. We try and go higher with more risk but we gave them chances on the counter-attack and it is difficult when you have to play high up the field.

"We need to think about the next game. I'm not thinking about Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United, I'm thinking about how to improve the team and prepare the team for the next game."

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