Benitez accepts Liverpool position

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has all but conceded his side's hopes of finishing in the Barclays Premier League top four are over.

Benitez's side fell six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City - having played a game more - as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Fulham at Anfield. With just four games remaining, Benitez accepts he is now unlikely to deliver on his "guarantee" of securing a Champions League qualifying position.

"It is not in our hands, it depends on the other teams and the difference is too much now, maybe," said Benitez.

"We have to keep going because it is always important to do your best and try to finish as high as possible.

"We will try to win the rest of the games and try to win the Europa League."

Benitez was asked whether he regretted his assertion he could guarantee fourth place but avoided the question.

He said: "It will now be very difficult, we have to be realistic.

"As a manager you have to believe and support your team. We have to keep going."

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