Liverpool boss springs to defence of Carragher
The Reds have conceded seven goals in five games but Benitez believes it is unfair for the defenders to be blamed for poor performances.
Carragher has been singled out by some pundits who have suggested the 31-year-old no longer has the pace and fitness to perform as consistently as he has in the past.
"When the team hasn't done well it is the defenders who take the rap," Benitez said in the Daily Star Sunday.
"When you are losing, they will get criticised more than the strikers.
"Jamie is still a top player. He's training as always. He's fit and quick and he will always be the same.
"He's a professional who has taken care of himself, so I don't see him slowing down quickly."