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Liverpool's Benitez remaining upbeat despite Europa defeat

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is remaining upbeat despite his side losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final first leg in the Europa League.

The Reds were seen off by Diego Forlan's 9th minute goal but Benitez is confident his players will bounce back in the return leg and reach the final of the competition.

"I have a lot of confidence of playing at Anfield, in our players and in our fans. Today we had a lot of fans behind the team and that was very positive, and at Anfield we will have more of them," said Benitez.

"It could have been better, it could have been worse and everything will be decided at Anfield where we will go out to fight and have all our supporters behind us."

Andrew Slevison
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