Benitez leaps to Gerrard defence

Benitez said after the game he had not seen the incident and after

reviewing it on video believes there is no case to answer. He said:

“Sometimes you move your fingers. It was nothing. We are not

considering it, it was nothing. “All the players know they have to

behave on the pitch. I was more worried about the silly fouls we

were giving to Wigan.” Liverpool are struggling to claim fourth

spot after losing a game many expected them to win. And Wigan

chairman Dave Whelan was critical of the club following their

surprise victory. That drew an angry response from Benitez, who

said: “I do not know what is going on. “I do not talk about Wigan.

I prefer to concentrate on my team. He (Whelan) should talk about

his own club.” Benitez is glad to they have an opportunity to get

back to winning ways quickly as they face Lille in the Europa

League on Thursday. The squad are leaving for France on Wednesday

evening and the Spanish boss is hoping the Wigan result is just a

blip. He said: “We had been working well in the last 10 games, more

or less. Sometimes these things happen. Now we have to move

forward. “Hopefully there will be a reaction in Lille. This is an

opportunity to put things right and try to get a good result. “In

football you sometimes prefer to rest but at this time it is good

to have a match quickly after what happened at Wigan.”