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Liverpool Were Lacking In Confidence - Rafael Benitez

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that his side were lacking in confidence during the 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Anfield.

In a game of two halves, the Reds dominated the first period and led through a Dirk Kuyt strike. But following some hair-dryer treatment from Arsene Wenger at the break, the Gunners came out firing on all cylinders to clinch the victory, through an own goal from Glen Johnson and an Andrey Arshavin bullet.

The Kop boss admitted that his side had issues with morale after the visitors drew level.

"Maybe we need to score the second goal and then to have this advantage for some games and then we will see if we can keep the confidence high," Benitez said in The Times.

"You could see after the own goal everything was different and we were without any confidence when we were passing the ball. It’s not a question of quality, it’s a question of confidence.

"It’s difficult to explain when you play so well in the first half, you are on top of them, you have a chance for Fernando Torres, the goal and a penalty that should have been given.

"You could see that confidence was low and we were giving the ball away in the second half, the opposite of the first half, when we were controlling the game all the time."

Liverpool will now host Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Wednesday.

Adithya Ananth, UK