Moussa Sissoko, expected to play as a makeshift left-back today, has been singled out for abuse from fans for what they see as a lack of effort and there were sarcastic cheers when was subbed against Bournemouth last month.
“If you asked him, he would say he wants to play as a No.10 or as a winger but he knows he is a key player for us and if he has to do it, he will do it,” said Benitez.
“I had a conversation with him yesterday and he was very positive.
“They are professionals, most have been here for a while and they know the fans are fantastic when everything is fine.
“To feel the passion of the fans supporting you when you are doing well is something maybe you don’t find at other places.
“The players know the target is to stay in the Premier League and to enjoy this with the fans.”