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Benitez believes in title credentials

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Rafael Benitez claims his red-hot Liverpool side have the belief now to win the title.

Boss Benitez has seen Liverpool produce three sensational victories in 12 days, scoring four each against Real Madrid and Manchester United plus five on Sunday against Aston Villa.

"There is a sense of real belief now. When you are playing well and scoring a lot of goals against top sides you will have the belief that you can beat anyone," he said.

It puts Liverpool one point behind United at the top - although the champions still have a game in hand.

But a goal difference margin of 11 a few weeks ago, considered then to be worth another point, has been wiped out and over-taken by Liverpool's goal blitz.

And Liverpool could be top before Manchester United play their next game if they win at Fulham on April 4, 24 hours before face Villa at Old Trafford in their next match.

"Bur we must be calm, win the next game, get the points and keep going until the end. Otherwise everything will be wasted," he added.

"Clearly we have confidence and the team is playing well. But we must just wait to see what happens next to United, while we must keep going and keep the team playing at this level."

Skipper Steven Gerrard struck a set-piece hat-trick against Villa - taking his season total to 21 in 38 games - and he said: "We were always conscious of the goal difference and wiping out Manchester United's lead.

"Now we must keep winning, keep on their shoulder and keep piling on the pressure. We must show we are ready to pounce on any mistakes they make."

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