Inter Milan boss Benitez: Liverpool always special to my family

Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez says Liverpool will always be special to him.

Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez says Liverpool will always be special to him.

He strongly denied losing the dressing room, though, and revealed that he made a point of sending birthday wishes to Steven Gerrard when the Liverpool skipper was 30 at the end of last month.

"Before I left, I spoke with 95 per cent of the Liverpool players, and I contacted Steven Gerrard on his birthday," he said.

"The majority said, 'Thank you for everything'. I spoke with Gerrard, and he was fine. In fact, he wished me well. I left on a positive note and the relationship with the players was good.

"It was hard for me to leave Liverpool. It was really difficult and I was sad to go. It was not easy, because the fans on the Kop were always fantastic to me. All the fans were like that. It was a sad day when I left, but I had to do it.

"My youngest daughter grew up in Liverpool. I was there for six years and she is only seven, so we will be looking at English schools. Both the girls were very attached to Liverpool - neither of them supports Everton."