Benayoun predicts a fight to the wire
Liverpool winger Yossi Benayoun is expecting a fight to the wire in
the race for a top-four position after making his return from
The Reds have let go of their grip on fourth position after
defeat at Arsenal was followed by Sunday’s 0-0 draw with rivals
Tottenham, who won at Wigan at the weekend, currently occupy
the desired fourth place while Aston Villa played themselves back
into contention with a 5-2 win over Burnley.
That leaves Liverpool languishing in sixth place, with just
one point between the four sides, but Benayoun believes the point
at Eastlands was not necessarily a bad result.
“I think City have a lot of quality players,” the Israeli
told the club’s official website. “We wanted to win but you have to
remember that we were playing against a good team away from home.
“One point was not good enough but it wasn’t bad either. We
are still in the race for fourth place and that is the most
With city rivals Everton beating reigning champions
Manchester United on Saturday, the Toffees are just seven points
shy of Liverpool with a game in hand, but Benayoun is unconcerned.
He said of the battle for a Champions League spot: “I think
the race will go to the end between us, Man City, Tottenham and
Rafa Benitez’s men have only scored four goals in their last
six outings but have conceded just once in that time. However, they
have not scored more than two in a match since their 6-1 thrashing
of Hull last September.
“We know where we need to improve,” said Benayoun of
Liverpool’s frontline. “We need to create more and do more up
“Hopefully the defence will keep playing well. We have got
the best defence in the league. Now we need to create more and then
the goals will come.”
Perhaps the biggest boost for Benitez from Sunday’s encounter
was the double return of Benayoun and star striker Fernando Torres,
who each made second-half substitute appearances.
The pair had not featured since the club’s FA Cup exit to
Reading in January but the Reds can take confidence from the duo’s
involvement at Eastlands.
Benayoun added: “For any player the worst thing that can
happen to you is to be injured. So I’m just happy to be back after
being out for a few weeks.
“It was difficult but hopefully now I can keep working hard
in training, try to improve and try to help the team.”