Benitez critical of Gerrard form

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has urged Steven Gerrard to improve his form after an indifferent start to the 2009/10 campaign.

Gerrard has been criticized for his performances in the Reds’ opening three Premier League games, of which they have lost two and won one.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash away at Bolton Wanderers, Benitez told reporters, “We have seen Steven playing really well for a while now. He is one of our big names, a key player. He will continue to be that.

“He will know that he has played a couple of games that are not up to his best level. But because he so often plays really well, people maybe can see the difference.

“I know he will be ready now. The players are not stupid, they know when they are not playing well and not up to their best standard. He knows, everybody knows here, that we have to improve.”

Benitez continued to admit he is worried by his team’s bad form in the opening of the season.

He added, “We have to forget our mistakes and try to improve quickly, and try to play to the level we did last season.

“The team and staff know we are not doing well and have to improve. This is very clear. The players have responded by training hard to try to rectify the situation.

“The attitude has been good and we have to play well at Bolton and start the game well. Then we will be able to change things.

“We have lost two games and we are very disappointed, but now we have the chance to change everything.”