After seeing Gerrard score in yesterday's 1-1 friendly draw against Feyenoord, Benitez revealed: "Steven showed us what he can do, there was another goal for him. But the team also, they created chances and played well.

"Steven though will normally play more games this season in a central role. We have got plenty of wingers now.

"We have confidence, we have prepared well and have a better squad than last season, so hopefully we can start with a win in the league at Aston Villa on Saturday."