Benitez told The Sun: â€śI donâ€™t play Gerrard in the position he likes the most â€” but in the position where he brings ME the most. And in England, they have trouble understanding that.
â€śSteven is a very important player for us. And sometimes I have to readjust my whole line-up in relation to him.â€ť
Benitez is adamant Javier Mascherano is the main man in the middle of the park and said: â€śGerrard brings something extra and real quality because heâ€™s a great player.
â€śBut itâ€™s not with him that youâ€™re going to stabilise the team â€” he does not guarantee that style of play â€” his is more a certain spirit and a leadership.
â€śHe has all these natural qualities. I wonâ€™t win matches with Mascherano but I know that when I play him, I have less chance of losing.
â€śHe has great tactical discipline and a great capacity for work which allows the whole team to be balanced.â€ť