Benitez is optimistic for Carroll.
"If he is there, even on the bench, he will be a massive presence because he's a different player," says Benitez. "He will have the passion and the fans will all be behind him."
And the prospect of another famous Liverpool victory?
"Always I say the 11 starters of Liverpool are at the same level as the others," he says.
"Over nine months, it's not easy if you have injuries and you can suffer more than the other top sides. But for me Liverpool are a top side in terms of their 11 starters."