Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard had a hot and cold relationship with former manager Rafa Benitez.
The former Reds captain stated on many occasions that he didn’t feel the love from Benitez, a manager that never hugged players (the way Gerrard wanted) as he would’ve liked, a manager that didn’t congratulate him enough.
On the other hand Benitez believed that he is a manager that always pushed his players to greater heights, improved Gerrard and gave him his best seasons.
When asked which manager was the best in his career, Gerrard didn’t forget Benitez despite criticism in his book.
“Rafa Benítez. Tactically the best,” Gerrard said.
“Just in general, setting a team up to play, to deliver the Champions League with the team that we won it with was a miracle and Rafa was a big part of that. He was incredible.”
Gerrard also played with a number of other manager’s at Liverpool and England.
“I enjoyed working with Kenny (Dalglish), my hero and my dad’s hero. I grew up on him. That was a strange feeling playing for one of your heroes but I loved every minute of it.
“Brendan Rodgers was very clever, very slick on the training pitch. He would have had a big chance for the England job, only the timings were wrong. I’ve been lucky I’ve worked with top managers. Fabio Capello was good (for England).”