Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has conceded it will be more difficult to win the Premier League title after losing further ground to Manchester United.
The Reds boss stopped short of admitting their pursuit of the Old Trafford club was effectively over after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City left them seven points behind the leaders.
But Benitez did concede that another slip-up would end his side's already slim hopes of winning a first ever Premier League title.
"It's not easy but the main thing for me is to win our games and at Old Trafford (on March 14) we have to win," he said.
"When you are playing catch up you have to win so we are disappointed.
"I have confidence that we can still win it, but we must win our next two league games against Middlesbrough and Sunderland - and then win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
"Then we may have a different situation. But I just accept that this has been a bad result and it clearly makes it more difficult for us to win the title.
"We have to win our games and see where that takes us.
"Clearly Manchester United are playing well and winning games."