Jamie Redknapp: Rafa Benítez have infuriated Steven Gerrard

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Kop boss Rafa Benítez and Reds skipper Steven Gerrard are heading for a bitter bust-up over tactics.

Sky TV pundit Redknapp said last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United is a prime example of where it’s all going wrong between the pair.

Redknapp, who played with friend Gerrard at Anfield during his 11 years at the club, said in The Daily Star: "Gerrard is at his best in central midfield.

"But with 12 minutes to go and Liverpool chasing the game at Old Trafford, Benítez brings Alberto Aquilani on and pushes Steven wide left.

"That will have infuriated Steven. He doesn’t want to be out there. He’s less effective there.

"Then Benítez switches him again when he brings Yossi Benayoun on and he moves him over to the right.

"Why? Liverpool were losing 2-1 and needed Steven to be in his best position and at his most effective.

"I have played with Steven and that will have infuriated him. That’s where Benítez gets it wrong."

Redknapp said the Spaniard’s tactics also had a similar effect on striker Fernando Torres.

He added: "Gerrard and Torres make Liverpool tick – but Benítez just doesn’t use them properly.

"You don’t see Sir Alex Ferguson doing that with his best players."

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