Reds couldn't conjure chances - Rafa

BY foxsports • February 21, 2010

The Premier League showdown between the two top-four rivals lacked spark and invention but with so much at stake, perhaps it was no surprise the sides cancelled each other out. Benitez was frustrated that his Reds failed to find a way through City's stubborn rearguard. In stressing his point, he highlighted an incident late in the game when substitute Yossi Benayoun was touched by defender Victor Kompany inside the penalty area but continued his run and did not go to ground. However, the Reds boss must have been one of the few people in the ground who felt his side could have been awarded a spot-kick for an innocuous challenge which went unnoticed by the majority. "It was a difficult game. We didn't have clear chances, they didn't have clear chances, but we had more possession and but for the pass in the final third, it could have been different," said the Spaniard. "I felt today both teams were defending well and were well organised but the incident with Yossi could also have been different. "Yossi felt he could have had a penalty. He was trying to continue, you cannot blame the player. "He was trying to go forward, to score. But we can be talking this for a while, you can say too much." In truth, Liverpool did not create a clear-cut chance to warrant a victory which would have lifted them back up to fourth but at least it ensured they did not lose further ground on one of their main rivals for Champions League qualification. "I don't think the result is good for anyone. We both wanted to win and I have to think about the positives," said Benitez. "We were strong, we did well and we have two players coming back - that is all you can say after the game." Those two players coming back were Benayoun and striker Fernando Torres, both of whom have been out for five weeks, with rib and knee injuries respectively. Neither really looked like changing the outcome of the result but Benitez was pleased to have them back, especially Torres whom he did not think would be in contention just over a month since a knee operation. "He (Torres) trained on Friday and he was really good. Early in the morning we thought 'no chance' but watching him in the session he was trying and going to the floor so we thought 'okay, maybe he can'," added the Liverpool manager. "But we also had a problem as David Ngog (ankle) was injured and we couldn't play him so we had to bring Torres with us and because he was so bright in training we thought maybe he was worth 15 to 20 minutes."


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