Rafael Benitez says Steven Gerrard’s is “wrong” after claiming the Spanish boss didn’t like him while he was captain at Liverpool and says he’s just trying to sell books.
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.”