Steven Gerrard says Jose Mourinho was his “dream” boss while at Liverpool, who he believes would have won more trophies with him as manager.
Mourinho was linked with the vacant managerial role at Liverpool when Gerard Houllier left in 2004, but the job eventually went to Rafael Benitez – one of five managers who Gerrard played under at Liverpool.
The Reds won the Champions League and FA Cup during Benitez’s tenure at Anfield, while Gerrard actually rejected the chance to join Mourinho and Chelsea on numerous occasions.
“I never, ever regretted representing Liverpool,” Gerrard told the BBC. “I was the captain. I had huge responsibilities to try and make Liverpool successful, not Chelsea.
“Chelsea were in a much more powerful position with the owner that they had (Roman Abramovich).
“The dream for me would have been if Mourinho would have come and maybe sampled Liverpool for a few years.
“I’m sure he could’ve added a couple of trophies to my collection.”
Asked if he could ever envisage Mourinho usurping current manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, Gerrard responded: “Who knows? Who knows?
“Why wouldn’t he [be a good fit]? He’s one of the best managers in the world, so of course he would be a good fit.”
Gerrard continued his eulogy by hinting that he would be keen to work with the Portuguese when he completes his coaching badges.
He added: “Further down the line I am going to be available for coaching roles and I do want to learn from the best, so who knows?”