Steven Gerrard has finally revealed his true feelings about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in his autobiography.
“It was clear that, tactically, he could set up his team to win any football match… because he was a pure winner. But, more than that, he created a special bond with each squad he managed” wrote the former Liverpool captain.
“You heard it in the way his players spoke about him. You saw it in the way they played for him.
“For me, the ideal situation would obviously have been for Mourinho to have managed Liverpool. He was linked with a move to Anfield a couple of times but it never materialised. I know I’m biased, but I think it would have been a perfect match.
“The Liverpool fans would have loved him and he would have known exactly how to turn that love into adoration. He always told me about his deep respect for our supporters. Jose would have had a fantastic time bringing huge success to Liverpool.”
Gerrard also suggested that Mourinho would have made a great England manager
“If Jose Mourinho had managed England in 2004 and 2006 I’m convinced we could have reached at least one major final,”
“Imagine what he could have got out of a group that included Beckham, Scholes, Owen, Terry, Neville, Rooney, Campbell, Ferdinand, Lampard, Cole, Gerrard and a few others.”
Maybe it never happened while Gerrard was playing but it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Mourinho could end up managing either England or Liverpool one day.