Rafa not giving up

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has refused to rule his team out of the title race, despite another setback in the campaign this afternoon.

The Reds put on a lacklustre performance to go down 2-0 to Middlesbrough, who hadn’t won in the league for four months.

After the game, Benitez was left to rue missed chances that could have put the game beyond the hosts before they had the chance to score.

He said, “In the first 30 minutes we had five chances and that was the story of game. You have to take your chances.

“We had some chances at start of second half, but you have to take them. You can’t change anything, and we were very disappointed.”

The result, combined with Chelsea‘s 2-1 win over Wigan, means Liverpool slip down to third place in the league and are seven points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

On hopes of winning the title this season, Benitez added, “Before the game it was difficult, after this it will be more difficult.”