Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists the club are still in the title race despite dropping more points on their rivals in last night's 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Yossi Benayoun's 41st-minute goal from a narrow angle was all the visitors had to show for their efforts despite dominating most of the match and the Latics equalised late on when Mido converted from the penalty spot.

"When you are top of the table you know that every single game is really important so when you lose two points you have to be disappointed," said Benitez.

"But we have an important game on Sunday (against Chelsea) and if we play like we played in the first half we can beat anyone.

"All the games will be important until the end of the season. It depends on the other teams too but we have to try to play well and try to win."

The Spaniard was at his cryptic best in his post-match press conference, labelling the second half "crazy" but offering no explanation for his reasoning.

"We were much better in the first half. We had control of the game. We didn't kill the game," he said.

"The second half was a crazy game and when it is a crazy game you cannot control things."

Wigan manager Steve Bruce paid tribute to his team's battling spirit.

"The resilience of them was there again, the one thing they do is stick at it and have a right good crack at it. In the last 20-25 minutes they really got the bit between their teeth."

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