Liverpool are already “playing catch-up” on Barclays Premier League pace-setters Arsenal according to Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman refused to criticise his players despite a subdued showing in 2-0 league defeat at Arsenal on Saturday night.
Arsenal put five points between the two sides thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, with Rodgers admitting Arsene Wenger’s men overran Liverpool in midfield.
“They are winning the race,” Rodgers said.
“These 10 games we’ve all played, people talk about it being early, but you don’t get them back.
“You don’t get to play them again so you’ve got to claim the points.
“At the moment we’re on 20 points and they’re on 25.
“The great thing is there’s lots of time left to gain those points back, but at this moment in time they are high in confidence, playing well and they will be pleased with the win.
“There’s always disappointment when you lose a big game. We were happy when we beat Manchester United earlier in the season.
“After 10 games there’s always a good assessment of where you can go.
“So for us to be where we are, that’s where we want to be, we’ve shown that we’re going to have a fighting chance.”