Benitez: Gerrard is Liverpool answer to Real Madrid's Raul

Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard is as important to Liverpool as Raul is to Real Madrid.

Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard is as important to Liverpool as Raul is to Real Madrid.

Benitez said: "He's currently injured and we must treat him carefully. And yes, you can compare him a lot with Raul.

"He is a charismatic player with a huge heart, and his personality rubs off on others. He always assumes his responsibility and his commitment never falters.

"Raul holds all these virtues and some more for his greater experience. I've known him since he was 14 years old and was in the Atletico juniors.

"No wonder he keeps playing, he's been a winner since childhood."

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