Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has rejected claims made by Steven Gerrard that he didn’t like the ex-Reds captain during his managerial tenure at Anfield.
Benitez, now in charge at Real Madrid, lead Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 after replacing Gerard Houllier at the helm the previous year.
Gerrard was integral to the Reds success under Benitez but hinted the Spaniard wasn’t fond of him because he never referred to him by his first name.
Benitez, however, has refuted those suggestions and believes the published information may just be a ploy to increase sales of Gerrard’s autobiography, which has been serialised by the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Gerrard has raised a few eyebrows with the claims, particularly after he revealed Benitez is the only Liverpool manager he worked with who he doesn’t still speak to.