Ahead of their Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, Benitez said: "Without Fernando we know the option is to play Kuyt up front, and it works well for us.
"He can score goals, we always know that. He is a very important player for us, a special player who works so hard.
"He can play on the right very well, but now he may have to stand in again for Torres and I have every faith in him. He is a player with so much industry in his game, any manager would be happy to have him in their side."