Benitez rues missed chances

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has looked back on Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur with great regret at not finishing the hosts off before they turned the game around.

Liverpool lead from early on thanks to a Dirk Kuyt strike and from then looked to have the game in control, but unable to convert several key chances.

A late-show from Spurs stole the three points from Liverpool, leaving Benitez gutted with his side’s first defeat of the 2008/09 season.

He said, “I can’t believe we have lost this game. After playing well in the first half we started the second half with four clear chances. We hit the bar and Kuyt and Alonso had great chances that we didn’t take.

“Always it’s important to create chances but you have to score from them. We were going forward, controlling the game and were dominant.

“I am really disappointed but it was really bad luck because everybody could see we were better than them.”

The Reds now face Athletico Madrid in the Champions League at Anfield on Tuesday night (19:45), before West Brom at home this Saturday (17:30) in the Premier League.