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Rafael Benitez claims Liverpool's win against Real Madrid has strengthened the belief they can still catch Manchester United in the title race.




Liverpool switch from the glamour of Madrid and the Bernabeu to the more down-to-earth surroundings of Middlesbrough and the Riverside, when Benitez insists they must cut United's seven-point lead at the top of the table down to four.

Benitez said: "We have to win almost every game, and this is the first one since Manchester United went seven points clear.

"We have to get three points if we want to stay close to them and put the pressure on a little bit.

"But the confidence, the atmosphere, the mood among the players is very positive after the win in Madrid. Hopefully that will have a good impact on the club.

"We have two important games now to play in the league before the second leg against Real Madrid and our aim is to win both to cut the gap at the top. Six points in four days is possible."

Liverpool will be without striker Fernando Torres because of the ankle injury he sustained in Madrid, but they hope he will be fit to face Sunderland at Anfield on Tuesday.

Benitez said: "Torres has had this problem before, and the recuperation was very quick, but he cannot play twice in four days.

"Steven Gerrard will be in the squad, he has trained and we have spoken with the medical team. But we will again leave a decision on him until much later."

Such is Liverpool's erratic form that a victory at Middlesbrough after the heroics in Madrid is no certainty.

Benitez said: "Middlesbrough are not doing well in the league, which for me is a surprise. They played very well at Anfield and were one of the best sides to play here this season.

"So we are anticipating a tough game at a ground where we do not have a good record. But if we want to compete for the title, then we must win there.

"Despite all the things that seem to be going on off the pitch, the behaviour of the players has been very good.

"Whatever they read or see on TV, they continue to do well and now they have won in the Bernabeu. They have shown what good professionals they are."

And he insisted: "We are in a very good position in the title race. Now after Madrid, hopefully everyone will be very focused.

"The players have not given up the fight, they still really believe it is possible.

"It is not a good position to be seven points behind, so we have to win to get closer. You never know then what could happen, we could then go to Old Trafford next month and win.

"When I arrived here in Liverpool all I was hearing was that we wanted to be title contenders.

"This season we have got closer. People felt it was the season at one point, but now we are not in such a good position.

"But for many people, this is a good position. If we can finish second, it will be good, an improvement. But we are still thinking of winning the title.

"We have to be ready to pounce if they do slip up, we must be close enough to take advantage. I recall winning the title when Valencia were eight points behind, so we must believe it can be done."


what the hell is he talking about ???!!!


he's lost it big time !

i couldn't help laughing ! :cheers1:
 

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I don't know why so many people are thinking the title race is already over.

I know we're massive faviorites, but all it takes is 2 poor games, and we're within 3 points of them, and it is possible that Liverpool can win at OT.

We can laugh all we want when its over officially. Don't count your chickens yet.

Its a tad arrogant IMO.
 

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I don't know why so many people are thinking the title race is already over.

I know we're massive faviorites, but all it takes is 2 poor games, and we're within 3 points of them, and it is possible that Liverpool can win at OT.

We can laugh all we want when its over officially. Don't count your chickens yet.

Its a tad arrogant IMO.
not to mention the fact that we always make it hard for ourselves.

back on topic....... :laugh::laugh::laugh:
 

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I don't know why so many people are thinking the title race is already over.

I know we're massive faviorites, but all it takes is 2 poor games, and we're within 3 points of them, and it is possible that Liverpool can win at OT.

We can laugh all we want when its over officially. Don't count your chickens yet.

Its a tad arrogant IMO.
yeah i know - and i'm usually one of the pesimistic ones

but we need to "heck up" 3 more games just to be level with them and i somehow doubt liverpool won't do a single mistake although everything's possible


but that's not the topic here btw - now lets' laugh at mr. "we're good, no we're bad, no we're good, nah we're bad ":rofl:
 

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Rafa concedes title is fading

Spaniard blames missed chances at The Riverside...

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez concedes that his side's chances of winning the Premier League have decreased following Saturday's defeat at Middlesbrough.

The Reds were sunk at The Riverside as a first-half own goal from Xabi Alonso and a second-half Tuncay Sanli strike handed Boro their first Premier League win since 9th November.

As a result of the defeat, Liverpool continue to trail leaders Manchester United by seven points, having played a game more than the defending champions, and have slipped to third behind Chelsea.

And Benitez - whose future at Anfield is in doubt as he continues to negotiate a new contract - recognises that his squad face an increasingly testing challenge in their bid to secure a first league title since 1990.

When asked about Liverpool's chances of overhauling United, the Spaniard told Sky Sports: "Before the game it was very difficult, now it is more difficult."

And, after seeing Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel and Nabil El Zhar waste opportunities in the opening half-hour on Teesside, Benitez is in no doubt about where the shortcomings exist.

Benitez - who controversially sold Robbie Keane back to Tottenham in the winter transfer window six months after signing the striker - was missing Fernando Torres through injury in the North East and admits his team lacked a cutting edge.

Spain star Torres has been absent for a number of games this term due to fitness setbacks and Benitez confesses a lack of goals has been a problem in 2008/09.

"Clearly you have to take your chances if you want to win these games," added the former Valencia chief.

"In the first 30 minutes we had five chances and we did not score a goal.

"Clearly it has been a problem this season, and today it was the same."



Rafa is about to throw in the towel now. The final nail in the coffin must be a victory against them at OT if we keep up the wins before then. The psychological blow may just be too detrimental for them to recover that they might just end as fourth instead.
 
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