Gordon has forced his way into Benitez's early season plans.
He said, "He is a really intense coach. For me that's really good, I never get to relax. I am always locked into improving. He gives you a little bit of praise but then he's onto the next thing. I've had a good few coaches, haven't I? Rafa and Carlo (Ancelotti) are probably top 20 ever.
"It is down to me now. A lot of players blame managers for their [lack of] opportunities but if I work hard enough and keep training how I am, they will come."
Gordon added: "The manager's style suits me. We play on the counter, I am a short, sharp player, quick over the first few yards. It benefits me and I can let my legs go and have a good couple of runs during the game."
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