Steven Gerrard has been talking about the greatest managers that he had the good fortune to work with.
Our Champions League winning legend was lucky enough to work with some of the sport’s biggest names, but he says one name stands out above all others – that of Rafa Benitez.
“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.” (Echo).
Benitez cemented his place in the club’s history by bringing home the Champions League, but he also picked up an FA Cup, and took us to within a whisker of the league title in 2009.
Of course, he also oversaw our greatest recent period of success in European, taking us to a second Champions League final, a semi-final, a quarter-final, and a Europa League semi-final. We’ve not come close to sustaining that level of consistency since he left.
Gerrard also reserved some kind words for Brendan Rodgers.
“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,” he added.
“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. Fabio Capello was good too.”
Nothing to say about Roy then, Steven?!