Benitez: There's no regrets

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Rafael Benitez has no regrets over his verbal attack on Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson that many believe was the turning point in the title race.

The Liverpool chief takes his side to Old Trafford on Saturday admitting "everything will have to be perfect" for them to grab the win that will maintain their interest in the Premier League crown.

He said: "Players will use this game to be extra-motivated, we will push them. We want them to be proud of what they have achieved, proud to play for the club and the fans."

Benitez is bracing himself for a hot reception from the Old Trafford faithful, but refuses to accept anything he said in his January outburst over Ferguson's influence on football, will have any bearing on the outcome.

Benitez also denies claims he has set a two-week deadline to sort out his new contract, but he confirmed his lawyer will soon have further discussions with the advisors of club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

But his main concern is trying to wrestle the three points from the champions that will keep alive Liverpool's title hopes.

With key men Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres declared fit, he said: "There is a greater desire. We know how much of a difference it will be for us if we do win.

"They must know that to go to Old Trafford and play well is part of their responsibility to the club.

"I sense that motivation is high, like before we beat Real Madrid in midweek, everyone wants to play.

"Everything is possible. If we can play with the same high tempo as we did against Real Madrid, and keep possession as well as we did, then we can win the game."

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