Benitez says Gerrard is unstoppable

10 March 2008

Rafael Benitez claims that Steven Gerrard's recent upsurge in form is down to his partnership with Fernando Torres. The duo have formed an almost telepathic understanding and have scored 44 goals between them this season. Both were on the scoresheet in the 3-0 demolition of Newcastle at the weekend and supplied goalscoring passes for each other.

And manager Benitez believes Torres has helped lift the weight of expectancy from Gerrard's shoulders, allowing the England midfielder to thrive in his favoured position.

"With the freedom he has now and his quality going forward, he's unstoppable," said the Spaniard.

"Stevie now has the same freedom he had as a right winger when he came inside. 

"He's enjoying it because he knows he can go forward with no problem.

"The understanding with Fernando is also very good. He knows that when he goes forward he can pick him out easily.

"It could be that they bring out the best in each other.

"Of course he still needs to help out the midfielders but it's not the same as running back 30 or 40 metres.

"He knows what we expect from him and he is playing well in virtually every game. Every manager talks to their players about what to do but he is clever enough to know that."