And although Benitez claimed progress in two consecutive scoreless draws, the home faithful disagreed and once again made their feelings known about Roberto Di Matteo's sacking and the Spaniard's appointment.
But Benitez's stubborn personality, painfully obvious during the final two years of his time at Anfield, emerged once again after the game.
When he was asked whether Chelsea, now seven points off the pace, can still win the title, the new manager was adamant.
"Why can't we?" Benitez said defiantly. "It's still a long way to go. We have to keep going. We'll have chances.
"Remember, last season when City were ahead and it was 'easy'. Then they needed to win their last game. It's a long, long competition."
Remarkably, Benitez seems to think that Chelsea will play better away from home.
"If you have more space, with the quality we have, we might have different chances," said Benitez, whose side play five of their next six matches away from Stamford Bridge, including two at the Club World Cup.