LONDON: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has told Steven Gerrard to start thinking positively after the England midfielder said they had little hope of winning the Champions League.
The Liverpool captain wrote off his sides chances before Tuesdays 3-1 first-leg home win over Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16.
And Benitez told The Sun: I spoke with Steven and said to him, in future it is better to think we can win the Champions League.
Why not? We need winners here and everyone thinking only of winning. I always want to win.
When we lose, I only think about solutions. If you only think about winning the next game, you dont know what the draw will be.
If we can win the next game, maybe we will draw a side that isnt so strong, or a side with injuries or suspensions.
Gerrard missed the win over the Germans due to a suspension.
Prior to that match he said: Lets be realistic, there are some fantastic teams left in the Champions League and we are just going to try to stay in as long as possible but we realise that maybe it is not our year this year. AFP