Benitez clears air with Gerrard

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has cleared the air with Steven Gerrard over replacing him in Saturday´s Merseyside derby after the midfielder had declared he was "hurt and disappointed" by the decision.

With 20 minutes left at Goodison Park and the clash finely poised at 1-1, the Reds manager controversially replaced his skipper with Lucas Leiva - much to the surprise of Gerrard and the travelling support.

Benitez told "We have talked because every player would be disappointed, especially Gerrard because it was a derby. He wanted to score the winning goal, but he is okay. After some time he´ll understand that it was an idea and I was thinking about the best for the team."

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