Xabi on outer at Liverpool
But Benitez said: "Alonso is fit but Mascherano is playing well and so is Lucas. We have been playing with Lucas, Gerrard and Mascherano together and I don't really need another central midfield player on the bench.
"But Xabi is training well and if he plays well his future is here, why not?
"If you want to win trophies, you have to keep the good players with you."