Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard revealed that the best manager he played under in his career is Spaniard Rafa Benitez.
The Reds veteran played over 700 games during his time at Anfield, spanning over 17 years. Dubbed “Captain Fantastic,” Gerrard played under five managers before he left the club.
“Rafa Benitez, tactically the best. 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,” the current Major League Soccer player claimed.
Gerrard has played under Brendan Rodgers, Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson, and Gerard Houllier aside Benitez, but opines that the former Real Madrid coach is outstanding. Gerrard added that he enjoyed his times with Dalgish as he grew on him. He said Dalgish was a hero to himself and his dad. He claimed that Brendan Rodgers would have been a better choice for England, but the timing was wrong having accepted a job with the Scottish champions. Gerrard praised former England coach Fabio Capello as well.
Gerrard’s current deal with his club Los Angeles Galaxy is due to lapse this year end, but he insists that he hasn’t made a decision yet about his future.
“I haven’t made a concrete decision. I do know there’s not long left. I’m just waiting to see what happens and taking it week by week, seeing the last few months out of this season,” the Reds veteran said. He added that he hasn’t had that discussion with the club’s management, saying “it’s a bit up in the air at the moment.”
He admitted that his body is taking the hit after years of consistent training. He said he could play next season, or might not depending on the next few months. Most likely if LA Galaxy wins the MLS title, Gerrard could see it as the fitting retirement package.