Rafael Benitez has responded to Steven Gerrard’s latest claims that the Spaniard didn’t like him “as a person”, saying the former Liverpool captain is “wrong”.
Gerrard’s autobiography, ‘My Story’, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, contains a section from Gerrard discussing his relationship with the Real Madrid manager.
In the excerpt, Gerrard ‘writes’: ”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. It probably started even before he spoke to me, when he met my mum. I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers. Except for Rafa.’
Benitez has responded in kind to Gerrard’s claims, but opted against igniting a potential feud against the man who once made him a European champion.
“I have read the quotes and I believe he is wrong,” Benitez told Spanish television.
“Out of the respect that I have for Stevie and for the value and appreciation I have for him, and for Liverpool and the supporters, I think it’s best to just let it pass.
“He has brought out a book and now I’m the Real Madrid manager, that sells.”