Reds' gaffer doesn't see Citizens clash as more vital than any other game...
The Spaniard feels instead that all his side's games are vital from now until the end of the season - and all of them need to be won.
"City have two games in hand, and that's important - but they have to win them. We just need to concentrate on the next game, which is against them and will be a massive game," Benitez told his club's official website.
"Still I have the same idea - it will be a long race and we have to keep going.
"It's a very important game but even if we win we'll have to keep winning games."
And focusing on one game at a time seems to be the Reds' gaffer's philosophy at the moment."I was analysing (the fixture list) a little bit but not too much," he added.
"With the experience we have we know to take one game at a time. You cannot waste too much time because you can't control other games.
"We have two or three very difficult games on paper but every game is tough in the Premier League.
"It's important to have all the squad available, not just because players like [Fernando] Torres and Yossi [Benayoun] and [Glen] Johnson are important - but also for the competition in each position."