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Benayoun: We'll keep fighting for title

April 22, 2009

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun insists Liverpool will push Manchester United all the way to the end of the season for the Premier League title despite slipping up against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Although the 4-4 draw took Rafael Benitez's side top on goal difference, United have two matches in hand - the first tonight at home to Portsmouth.

Benayoun, who snatched the equaliser in the second minute of stoppage time on a dramatic night at Anfield, said the resilience of the players meant United could not afford to be complacent.

"It's very difficult. United are a strong side but we won't give up and we will continue to try and do our best," said the Israel international, whose impressive individual display saw him score twice against the Gunners.

"We will keep trying, look to win our remaining matches, and hopefully we can still do it.

"It was great game for the supporters to watch but not for us because we made too many mistakes. We should have won the game."

Defensive errors were the cause of all four Arsenal goals but Benayoun said Liverpool should really have been in control of the game before Andrey Arshavin scored the first of his quartet in the 36th minute.

"In the first half we created four or five really good chances but then they scored with their only shot of the half," he told the club's website.

"We came back strong in the second half and led 2-1. At that point we were controlling the game but we made more mistakes and then when we had to chase it they punished us."

Prior to last night, Benitez's side had conceded just eight goals in 16 home league matches.

Benayoun, who has now scored four goals in his last eight matches, believes they have to defend better in their remaining five games if they are to have a chance of winning a first league championship for 19 years.

"We have the best defence in the league and the best goalkeeper (Jose Reina) too, but I think we didn't defend well as a team against Arsenal," he said.

"We scored four goals and still didn't manage to pick up the three points so I think that shows we should have done better."