Steven Gerrard has explained in his autobiography, My Story, that he felt that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez didn’t like him as a person, the Daily Mirror report.
“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,” he said.
The 35-year-old revealed that the current Real Madrid boss had a stronger relationship with the contingent of Spanish-speaking players that arrived during his reign, than he did with the Reds hero (via Mirror).
“I used to think he favoured our Spanish speakers. He was an especially big fan of South American players, which is fine. It caused no problem between us,” he added.
While their relationship may not have been particularly strong – with the midfielder revealing that Benitez is the only one of his former managers that he does not speak to (via Mirror) – the pair guided the Merseyside outfit to one of their most successful spells since their dominance was brought to an end just before the dawn of the Premier League era.
Gerrard was the catalyst behind the comeback that saw Liverpool become champions of Europe for a fifth time in 2005, and the former England captain would repeat his heroics in the FA Cup final one year later, both of which came when Benitez was at the helm.