He told CNN: "We are trying to keep the British players, the English players, the local players is our idea. They show the rest of the players what the passion means."
Asked about foreign quotas, Benitez added: "The balance is the key. We were talking about Gerrard, the passion he can show to teammates, to have local players and foreign players if they are good enough is the key. If you have 20 local players with enough quality for winning trophies, perfect. If you cannot, you need to bring in foreign players. So the balance is the key."