I had no bond with Benitez – Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard says his relationship with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was “distant and emotionless”.

The 35-year-old midfielder, who left Anfield in May after 17 years, revealed the details in his autobiography.

“I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers, except for Rafa,” said Gerrard.

“It’s a shame because we shared the biggest night of our careers – the 2005 Champions League victory in Istanbul – yet there is no bond between us.”

Former England captain Gerrard insists the “frostiness” made him a better player as he had “a hunger” to get a compliment from the Spaniard.

“On a basic human level I prefer a likeable manager, such as Gerard Houllier or Brendan Rodgers, but in terms of football I really don’t mind working with a colder man,” added Gerrard, who joined LA Galaxy this summer.

“An emotionless and distant relationship with the likes of Rafa Benitez and Fabio Capello can sometimes produce more success.”

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