Dropped points frustrate Benitez

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Rafael Benitez admits the priceless points Liverpool are haemorrhaging at home are starting to worry him.

The Liverpool boss has tried to find the positives from what, as far as Anfield fans were concerned, was a bitterly disappointing 1-1 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton on Monday.

"We are disappointed and frustrated at the amount of points we have dropped at home this season," said Benitez. "Generally this season we are much better in terms of points won, and especially away from home we are very strong. But at home we are facing games that will eventually be a massive difference for us."

That was the fifth time this season that Liverpool have been held at home in the Barclays Premier League, and the Spanish boss was frustrated yet again at seeing the total of home points squandered rise to 10 in their battle to grab the title from Manchester United.

Previously Hull, Fulham, West Ham and Stoke have drawn at Anfield, but the point Everton deservedly claimed has done severe damage at a time when Manchester United are running into title-winning form.

United now lead the league on goal difference from Liverpool and their league records over the last 10 games make interesting reading.

United have won eight of their last 10 games, incredibly without conceding a goal in that run, dropping just four points from 30.

Liverpool have stuttered badly just as the race has heated up, winning just four of their last 10 and taking only 18 points compared to United's 26.

"I have tried to be positive with the players. I told them that back in August when we started, everyone was asking where we would be come January," he added. "And now we find ourselves level on points with Manchester United at the top of the table now that January is here.

"We have to be positive. This is a good position. But we are disappointed because we are losing some home points we could win. But in England you say the bottle is half-full or half-empty. We feel it is half-full."

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