Aquilani played a more attacking game, pushed up behind Dirk Kuyt, who was substituted early in the second half.
Benitez said, “It is an option. He can play in both positions.
“In the first year, especially because he has been injured for a long time, to manage him and find the right position for him was not easy because the Premier League is very strong and physical.
“But in this position he has freedom and with Gerrard behind him they can pass to each other.
“Aquilani can pass the ball and when the game is open like in the second half he can move and give good assists.”