Benitez told The Sun: âI donât 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.
âSteven is a very important player for us. And sometimes I have to readjust my whole line-up in relation to him.â
Benitez is adamant Javier Mascherano is the main man in the middle of the park and said: âGerrard brings something extra and real quality because heâs a great player.
âBut itâs not with him that youâre going to stabilise the team â he does not guarantee that style of play â his is more a certain spirit and a leadership.
âHe has all these natural qualities. I wonât win matches with Mascherano but I know that when I play him, I have less chance of losing.
âHe has great tactical discipline and a great capacity for work which allows the whole team to be balanced.â