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Following Benítez's great early success, the English media were predicting Liverpool would challenge Chelsea for the 2006–07 Premier League title after Benítez addressed Liverpool's perceived weaknesses in the transfer window, a belief reaffirmed after his side won the Community Shield with a 2–1 victory over Chelsea. The title challenge, however, fizzled out early in the season, with Liverpool's poor form away from Anfield leading to speculation Benítez's tenure at Liverpool was short-lived, with his agent quoted as saying Benítez would consider offers to manage in Italy. Benítez swiftly issued a statement through the club's website re-affirming his desire to remain with Liverpool for the long-term. In January, Benítez's side lost twice in four days to Arsenal in both domestic cup competitions, including a 6–3 defeat in the League Cup that was Liverpool's heaviest home defeat since 1913. Despite the poor domestic performances, Liverpool fans remained supportive of Benítez. [citation needed]