Benitez still believes in Reds chances

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Rafael Benitez has urged his Liverpool players not to lose their belief ahead of another vital Barclays Premier League clash away to West Ham on Saturday.

Victory for the Reds at Upton Park will put them back on top of the table on goal difference, at least for 24 hours until leaders Manchester United face Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Benitez said: "We must keep winning, keep pushing and see what happens. It could be difficult for them against Manchester City, but United are a very good team with equally good players."

He added: "But you never know what could happen. It is up to us to win our games and be waiting.

"Maybe, hopefully, City can do us a favour. But there is nothing we can do about that match, only ours.

"And I am not even sure whether I will be watching the game, there's nothing I can contribute so it may be better to just enjoy the day with my family.

"But we have to believe. We have done well, we have been able to win a lot of games right at the end which shows our fitness. We have gained a lot of experience and the spirit has been fantastic among the players.

"We will push right until the end. Even that will be of use to us in the future, but we still must believe we can do something this season, not wait for next."

Benitez will have Fernando Torres (hamstring) and Javier Mascherano (ankle) fit to play, and maintains his own defiant belief that something could still disrupt Manchester United's relentless march toward retaining their crown.

He said: "We have always talked about a twist in the end, maybe United will have problems against Manchester City or Arsenal in their run-in."

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