Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has told captain Steven Gerrard not to play down their Champions League aspirations.

Gerrard had suggested earlier in the week that Liverpool ha no chance of winning the competition this season, but Benitez has dismissed such pessimistic talk.

“I spoke to Steven and said to him that in future it’s better to think we can win the Champions League. Why not?,” said the Liverpool boss.

“We need winners here and everyone thinking only of winning. I always want to win.”

“When we lose I only think of solutions. If you only think about winning the next game, you don’t know what the draw will be.

“If we can win the next game, maybe we will draw a side that isn’t so strong, or a side with injuries or suspensions.”