Benitez: We can still win title
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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refused to concede that the title is out of his side's reach despite being 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 2-2 draw with Birmingham on Monday.

The Reds have won just one in nine and went into the game against the strugglers on a run of six defeats in eight games. Even though the miserable run continued - and Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera were added to Liverpool's injury list with hamstring tears - Benitez insists he is not troubled by the bigger picture.

"I think that for the last three weeks to a month, it's been the same," said Benitez. "We only think about one game at a time so I can't talk about anything else, just three points, so I won't talk about the table or positions.

"We won six games in a row before and when we were under pressure we won against Manchester United, playing really well and the character has been fantastic but we couldn't achieve the three points against Birmingham."

Injury concerns
Benitez has acknowledged that Liverpool's poor luck with injuries has been a key part in their poor start to the season. Fernando Torres was absent against Birmingham with a groin problem and remains doubtful for the game against Manchester City after the international break, having been withdrawn from Spain duty.

As well as Benayoun and Riera, Benitez also revealed that Danish defender Daniel Agger was struggling with a back problem to even taint the good news of Steven Gerrard coming off the bench to score from the spot after a groin problem of his own. But Benitez is hoping that the international break will finally bring some good news on the injury front, which should lead to an improvement in results.

"We have some players here and we can work with them but there's a difference in match fitness and to be available," said the 49-year-old. "Torres had no confidence so he couldn't play so he's started his treatment. He has to work with physios and try to improve and be ready so we are not talking about an operation, we are talking about treating him properly.

"It's not a deadline so it's a case of seeing how he reacts every day. After the international break, we will see. At least we have Gerrard and Alberto Aquilani coming back and maybe three or four more will be available. We can manage maybe a little bit better."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish was delighted with his team's display at Anfield, and particularly with a first goal in English football for Ecuador forward Christian Benitez. "Chucho is a handful and it'll do him the world of good," said McLeish. "As they say, you wait ages for a bus to come along and loads come along and hopefully that'll be the case for Chucho and Cameron.

"We'll maybe look back and think we'll never have a better chance of getting three points at Anfield. If we can marry his (Chucho) culture to ours then we've got a superb wee player there. It's a little alien to the game he played in and he's got to get used to that and realise that everyone means the best for him. He's adapting well."