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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 21:49 GMT 22:49 UK
Benitez clings on to Euro dream
Rafa Benitez
The odds are against Benitez's team qualifying for knockout stages
Rafa Benitez has not given up hope on Liverpool reaching the latter stages of the Champions League after defeat to Besiktas left them bottom of Group A.

The Reds have one point after losing 2-1 and almost certainly need to win their three remaining games to qualify.

"If we play like we did against Besiktas, we can win the final matches," said Liverpool boss Benitez.

"The players worked hard and you cannot blame them. The fans will be positive we can do it after seeing the game."

Liverpool, unbeaten in the Premier League, went behind after their defender Sami Hyypia deflected in a shot from Serdar Ozkan.

We had a mountain to climb but we have got an even bigger one to climb now

Steven Gerrard

Brazilian Bobo increased the lead after the break when he slotted in from inside the area.

Captain Steven Gerrard brought the Reds back into the game with a flying header but his side failed to salvage anything from their trip.

Benitez added: "We had a lot of shots on target and shots off target. We controlled almost everything but made a big mistake in the first half."


Gerrard agreed with his manager and believed the Reds could still qualify from the group although he added they have a "mountain to climb".

"We are pleased with how we played but disappointed with the result. We need to keep going and win the final three games and see what happens," he said.

"We need to take the positives and learn from our mistakes. We are capable of winning our final three games."

"It is the worst possible result. We had a mountain to climb but we have got an even bigger one to climb now.

"Mistakes happen as a result of misunderstandings but they put us under pressure."

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