Steven Gerrard has criticised former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, over the missed opportunities in his time under the Spaniard.

Gerrard confirms Liverpool departure

Gerrard was talking to Liverpool FC TV on Saturday about his shock decision to leave the club for the US at the end of the year. He praised his current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the interview saying, “I wish I was 24, I wish I’d met Brendan when I was 24 because I think I’d be sitting here talking about a lot of titles that we’d won together.”

“The reality is, Brendan came into this club when I was 32 years of age and it’s a shame that relationship didn’t start 10 years ago,”

In 2004 Benitez was in charge of Liverpool, and through his career as manager, led the side to Champions League and FA Cup success.

But Liverpool never managed to finish higher than second in the league during Benitez’ reign. It is clear that Gerrard believes the Spanish manager only held players back rather than developing the team into a premiership winning side.

The Premier League is one of the only medals Gerrard has not won over his amazing career, but this can’t be used to judge such an amazing player, a player who stuck with his club through thick and thin and gained a reputation as one of the legends of the game.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard talks about his exit from Anfield this summer.

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