Liverpool Legend Lifts The Lid On Frosty Relationship With Ex-Boss

There's seemingly no love lost between these two Kop icons
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There's seemingly no love lost between these two Kop icons

Steven Gerrard has pulled no punches in discussing his former boss Rafa Benitez, claiming that Benitez "never liked him as a person" during his time at Liverpool, and that he "could not pick up the phone" to his old manager nowadays. Talking in his new autobiography 'My Story', serialised in the Daily Mail, Gerrard claims that Rafa "favoured the Spanish-speakers" at Liverpool, especially the club's South American contingent, and had a nickname for most of the players at the club, except Gerrard, who he always simply called "Gerrard". 

Despite this fairly damning assessment of their relationship, Gerrard heralds Benitez as "the best tactical coach [he] worked with at Liverpool and England", and that "his frostiness drove [him] to become a better player" - something that can't really be disputed when remembering Gerrard's imperious form under Benitez. That being said, it must be of some disappointment to Liverpool fans that the two heroes of Istanbul no longer seem on speaking terms.