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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Reds display frustrates Benitez
Rafael Benitez
Benitez's side have one point after two Champions League games
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez described Wednesday's defeat at home to Marseille as possibly his side's worst display since he took over at Anfield.

The Reds produced a second below-par performance in the Champions League as they suffered a 1-0 loss that leaves them third in Group A.

Benitez, who took over in 2004, said: "Everything was wrong. It could be our worst performance since I came here.

"We tried to change things but we could not - we were not good enough."

Benitez opted to include squad players such as Sebastian Leto and an out-of-sorts Mohamed Sissoko instead of John Arne Riise and Javier Mascherano.

However, the decision backfired as Marseille dominated the game.

We need to analyse everything, not just a couple of players who may not have played well

Rafael Benitez
But the Spanish coach, whose side drew with Porto in their opening Champions League group game, refused to accept his changes were to blame for the loss.

He added: "It is wrong to single out one or two players, it is the whole team who played badly, everyone was bad on the night.

"You cannot always play well, but you can certainly always try, and at least that was a positive to take from the match. But the only one.

"Marseille played well and it would probably have been an injustice had we got something from the game. Frankly we only created chances right at the end.

"We need to analyse everything, not just a couple of players who may not have played well.

"You can talk about team selection, and we have been talking about big names, but those big names did not play well from the start."

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