Benitez bites back at TV 'experts'

BY foxsports • March 29, 2010

Plenty of former Reds stars have secured work in the media and Benitez has had to listen to them giving their opinion on what has been a disappointing season. However, it was the comments of former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp after the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United that really riled Benitez. Redknapp, a close friend of Steven Gerrard, criticised the Spaniard for moving the England midfielder to different positions as they chased an equaliser late on. To back up his assertion that Liverpool were a weaker team than the previous season he referenced the influence of Xabi Alonso, sold to Real Madrid in the summer, in the 4-1 win at Old Trafford last March. That finally prompted Benitez into a response. "I was surprised to see some comments by some experts talking about how they could see Alonso playing in the 4-1 win against United - he didn't play," correctly pointed out the Liverpool manager. "This expert said he (Gerrard) cannot play on the left but he is playing with the national team on the left. "He was playing here on the right and scoring 23 goals so Gerrard can play everywhere. It depends on the team. "I told him before the Sunderland game he was playing in the middle and he was happy. He can help the team and that is the main thing." Despite the praise for their first-half performance in the 3-0 win over Sunderland, Benitez said his tactics had not changed much. Playing Gerrard in a more orthodox central midfield position is something he has done before this season - but on Sunday was just one of those days when all the players hit top form. "With the same tactics we scored more goals than anyone in the Premier League last year and more goals than anyone in England two years ago," added the Spaniard. "It is a question sometimes of accuracy, pass completion or just a little bit of luck."

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