Benitez: I’m not prepared to sell Gerrard

The English Sunday newspapers reported that Gerrard could be on his way out of the club, when the transfer window opens in January.

Benitez said: “It’s not a surprise to read stories like this. The newspapers never rest; they are always trying to find something to write about. Obviously they had nothing to write this week so they make up more rumours.

“We are experienced in these matters now and all we can do is remain focussed on the playing matches. Anyone who thinks Stevie is not committed to this club only has to look at his performance yesterday. It was clear to see he was really happy, before, during and after the game.”

Benitez added on the reported rift between him and Gerrard: “We are constantly talking. He is the captain and so we always have a lot of conversations. These rumours are crazy. I’m not prepared to sell my captain.”