A Darren Bent goal on five minutes, that deflected past Pepe Reina off a balloon that had been thrown onto the pitch by a young Liverpool supporter subjected the Reds to their fourth league defeat of the season.
After the game Benitez told press, “I think we didn’t play well and had bad luck. Both things together made difficult.
“For the rest of the game we had chances but the final pass wasn’t there. But they also had a lot of chances too.
“But we worked hard against a physical team but you have to play better if you want to win these games.”
Missing Steven Gerrard and Fernand Torres through injury, Benitez adopted a new formation, giving starts to Daniel Agger and Jay Spearing.
He added, “I think at times we lacked shape and the confidence of the players in these new positions wasn’t great.”