Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez was grateful to Liverpool fans for their reception during yesterday's 1-1 draw.

Benitez waved to the Kop during the first-half.

"I thought it was an emotional return," said the Spaniard, whose name was frequently chanted by fans who remember him fondly for the 2005 Champions League triumph.

"I was pleased with the reception of the fans and disappointed with the late goal conceded - especially as I couldn't understand why there were six minutes and 45 seconds (added on).