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Rafa: ‘œIt’s two points dropped’

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is ruing conceding Simao’s late equaliser in the Champions League clash at Athletico Madrid last night, disappointed with his side not taking all three points last night.

Victory at the Vicente Calderon stadium would have put the Reds in prime position to secure qualification for the second round of the Champions League when Athletico Madrid come to Anfield in two weeks time.

But Simao’s late strike cancelled out Robbie Keane’s 14th minute opener to rescue a point for the La Liga hosts.

After the game, a disappointed Benitez said, “We had control of the game in the first half and part of the second,” he told reporters at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

“I’m disappointed because we had chances to kill the game. It’s a problem when you have a situation on 83 minutes and you make a mistake. You pay for it.

“For me we had plenty of situations in and around the box and should have made more of them. The entrance of Aguero gave more depth to their play and we defended worse.

“If you’d said to me before game that we’d have seven points at the end of it then it would be good. But after leading until the 83rd minute, and when you consider the chances we had, then I think we have lost two points.”

Liverpool now face Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this Sunday at 1.35pm.