Benitez hopeful of quick Gerrard return

Gerrard is only set to miss the Premier League clashes against Portsmouth and Manchester City, due to an international week.

“He is an important player for us. It is always more difficult to play without him,” said Benitez.

“You can’t change things so it is better to concentrate on the next game.

“We have some problems with injuries and Portsmouth will be tough so we need players with fresh legs.”