Rafael Benitez has issued a rallying cry to Liverpool and their fans after last night’s debilitating draw away at Lyon, which leaves them teetering on the brink of being knocked out of the Champions League. Liverpool were 1-0 up and looking like they had been handed a lifeline when Lisandro Lopez equalised for Lyon in stoppage time. The Reds now need to win both games and hope that Lyon beat Fiorentina in Florence to qualify for the knock-out stages, a tough task by anyone’s standards. But Benitez still believes in his squad.
‘Clearly it is difficult now but it is not impossible,’ he said after the match. ‘We have to win our next game and see what happens between Fiorentina and Lyon. Our approach to the last game will depend on what happens next, but we have to keep going. We have done miracles before and maybe we can do one again. We still have a chance but we cannot talk about the other games if we do not do our job against Debrecen first.’
‘We still believe we will get through,’ said Jamie Carragher, who was Liverpool’s captain on the night. ‘We know it's going to be difficult but we're not out of it yet. All we can do is win our next two games and see what happens. We have been in difficult positions before and we've come through like in 2007, when we had to win in Marseille in the group stages and we came through. It's disappointing but a draw doesn't mean we're totally out of it.'
Elsewhere Arsenal gave AZ Alkmaar a thorough going over at the Emirates, winning 4-1, while Jose Mourinho’s Inter snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the last minute of their all-important clash with Dynamo Kiev. 1-0 down with four minutes to go and looking like almost certainly being knocked out at the group stages, goals from Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder sent them to the top of their ultra-tight group by only one point. Meanwhile Barcelona drew 0-0 with Rubin Kazan, meaning if they finish on the same points the Russian side will finish above them thanks to superior head-to-head results.