Liverpool title challenge still on, says Rafa Benitez

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London, Oct.5 (ANI): Liverpool's Premier League title challenge is not over, said team coach Rafa Benitez in spite of the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool have already suffered defeats by Tottenham, Aston Villa and now Chelsea, leaving them six points behind the leaders from the Bridge.

But Benitez pointed to Manchester United's defeat at Burnley and their draw with Sunderland - as well as Chelsea's loss at Wigan - as reasons to remain cheerful.

"If the teams at the top lose points and you win, then you're in a better position. But it's a long race.

Chelsea are very strong but we'll try to stay as close as possible and see what happens in April and May. You will see the top sides losing more points against any team. That's good for the Premier League but it means we have to keep going," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

"We can't think about three defeats. It's one game at a time, try to win the next game and improve. That's it," he added.

Liverpool face Sunderland after the international break and Benitez pointed to the amount of games they drew last season as their undoing.

In a largely uncontroversial match against their bitter rivals, the only contentious moment came when Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel appeared to be bundled over in the box by Didier Drogba.

Benitez said: "It could have been a penalty, I haven't seen the replay. I cannot blame any of my players. We have to be pleased with the team effort." (ANI)

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