Rafael Benitez lashed out at Chelsea winger Arjen Robben after Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina was sent off nine minutes from time in the 2-0 defeat at Stamford bridge for pushing the Dutchman in the face.

Benitez was furious with the actions of the Chelsea winger and sarcastically threatened to go to the local hospital because he was 'sure' Robben must have broken his neck after going down so quickly when Reina pushed him in the face.

Reina was already in trouble after a two-footed lunge on Chelsea substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen but referee Alan Wiley had no choice but to dismiss the goalkeeper after his minor altercation with Robben.

Robben appeared to say something to Reina that upset the Liverpool 'keeper enough for him to turn and push him in the face.

But Benitez insisted there was no excuse for Robben's behaviour and will appeal against the dismissal.

"I am in a hurry because I must go to the hospital because the injury was so serious that maybe he (Robben) will be there for one week," fumed Benitez.

"It is crazy to see. Reina has made a mistake because Robben was talking with him and he turns and touches his face.

"But you can see on the TV that he will be three weeks in the hospital with the neck broken, I don't know.

"I don't know why you can kick everyone during the game and not see a yellow card but you touch a player and you see a red card and not play three games.

"What kind of professional can you be against another professional if you leave the other player not playing for three games. It is crazy.

"I say it very clear, Reina has made a mistake and doesn't need to touch him. Robben was talking to him and provoking him, so he turns and touches his face.

"If you dive, maybe he has broken his neck. William Gallas was touching Reina but did Reina dive? No.

"Benitez believes referees must show more experience in dealing with such incidents and confirmed Liverpool would launch an appeal in a bid to get Reina's three-match the ban rescinded.

"In this case the referee must have more experience," said Reina.

"He must see the situation and control it. Nothing happened really. He touched the face but nothing really.
 
"I have not spoken with the referee but I talked with the fourth official and he explained to me that it was a surprise. We will appeal if we can.

"You can talk about the game, the result or the incident but the incident is clear." 

Asked if Reina would be fined over the incident, Benitez said: "We will talk but it is private."

The Robben saga aside, the Liverpool manager was happy with his team's performance apart from a mistake for the first goal when William Gallas was left unmarked in the penalty area to turn Ricardo Carvalho's headed knockdown into the net from six yards.

Hernan Crespo made the game safe in second half when he shot home following a pass from Asier del Horno.

"We created chances and in the first half we controlled a lot of things," said Benitez.

"We made a mistake from a corner and they played as they liked on the counter attack.

"Chelsea created chances in the second half but all of them on the counter attack. They are a good team and it is normal when you have made a mistake that you will have more problems because they don't concede a lot.

"It is true that we must score more goals because we are creating chances. But we need to keep going and we cannot keep thinking about all the things we have done badly. In the first half we were really happy with things.

"If you make a mistake at this level it is also dangerous. We worked hard but the chances they created were all on the counter attack."

Asked if Liverpool's title chances had gone given they are now 21 points behind the champions, Benitez replied: "I am only thinking about the next game and three points."

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on the incident. Instead he preferred to dwell on a game that has taken his side one giant step closer to their second successive title.

"I am not interested in what Benitez has said," declared Mourinho.

"I have just finished a big game, a game that we won and played very well. A game that we should have won three or four to zero.

"A game where we scored one of the most beautiful goals in the Premiership this season and the referee didn't allow it. A game that leaves us in the countdown to be champions.

"We need eight victories and when we get the next one we go back to seven and to six and to five. A game that gave us the 50th victory in the Premiership in the last one and a half years.

"A game that out of nine against Liverpool in this period, we lost one. A game that proved we are the best team in the country and so I am happy with all things.

"Why should I comment on Rafa's words. He can say what he wants but sometimes we say things without thinking, especially after we lose.

"It is a big day for us but now it is time to relax because we have a game on Wednesday (against Everton in the FA Cup) and we want to do everything we can to reach the final, and I am very happy."