Gerrard rips into former manager who he suspects did not like him

The more one reads Steven Gerrard’s autobiography the more clear it becomes how poor his relationship was with former manager Rafa Benitez.

“I don’t think Rafa Benitez liked me as a person. I’m not sure why, but that’s the feeling I got from him,” the former Anfield legend revealed.

“I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers. Except for Rafa.

“It’s a shame because we probably shared the biggest night of both our careers — the 2005 Champions League victory in Istanbul — and yet there is no bond between us,”

“I had a hunger to earn a compliment from him (Benitez) — but also a hunger to let him know he really needed me as a player. We were like fire and ice,”

“It would not be my style if I were to ever become a manager — I’d try to fuse the best of Rafa’s tactical thinking with Brendan’s skill as a man-manager,”

“Rafa kept saying ‘fact, fact, fact’ and I could not believe what I was hearing,” Gerrard said. “I was grabbing the couch, digging my fingers into the arms, feeling embarrassed for him.

“When I met up with England, all the Manchester United players told me Fergie was just laughing at Rafa, saying:

‘I’ve got him, I’ve got him’.”

“Rafa made a lot of decisions with himself in mind. He wanted power and control. I didn’t like it. Fighting with the board, other managers and the press wasn’t the Liverpool way.

“Rafa broke the focus of the team,”

Ouch, that is rather damning.


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