Gary McAllister is delighted to be teaming up with Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa.
The Scot was captain of Liverpool when Houllier was in charge.
McAllister said: "Gerard looks in better health now than he did during his time at Liverpool. There's that glint in his eye that he's back, involved.
"They never look tired. They are a special breed and Gerard's one of those. They just love the game, that's what it all comes down to. It's not a financial thing, it's purely loving football.
"I am indebted to Gerard because he took me to Liverpool when I was 35. You could think, 'What's the game here, bringing in an old man, has he lost his mind?' But it worked for both of us. It coincided with a couple of years of great success.
"There were a lot of games, a lot of organisation, a lot of flipping teams and using players correctly. Gerard kept all that working successfully. We never lost a cup tie that season and got a Champions League spot.
"As a senior player, Gerard and I spoke a lot. I was brought there with a role to play and we have remained friends ever since."