Liverpool skipper Gerrard hails Benitez's man-management

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has spoken of his special "bond" with manager Rafa Benitez.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has spoken of his special "bond" with manager Rafa Benitez.

"Rafa is obsessed with football 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Gerrard told liverpoolfc.tv. "You have to take your hat off to him. He's one of the best managers there is.

"Rafa is the type that when you finish a game as man of the match having scored three goals, he won't even mention it. Instead, he'll mention that you never used your left foot at a certain point!

"But Rafa does it right. When I need a pat on the back I get it.

"I have had lots of 'well dones' from him, but when I need a kick up the backside I get it too.

"He can also make me laugh, but you don't see that side of him - or me - from the outside.

"We spend a lot of time together on the training ground, travelling to matches and he joins in. We've got a great team spirit here and my relationship with him is perfect."

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