Jamie Carragher: Rafael Benitez took Steven Gerrard to ‘another level’

Rafa Benitez

Steven Gerrard will play his final match for Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Rafael Benitez took Steven Gerrard to a whole new level during their time together at Liverpool.

Benitez was in charge of the Merseyside outfit from 2004 to 2010, during which time he won the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

In fact, the Spaniard won the European Cup in his very first season with Liverpool, leading the Reds to victory over AC Milan in the final in Istanbul in dramatic fashion.

Like Gerrard, Carragher was part of that triumphant Liverpool team, and he has now highlighted the influence Benitez had on his former England international teammate.

“Rafa Benitez took him on to another level again with the Champions League, playing different positions, and his understanding of the game,” the 37-year-old retired defender told Sky Sports.

Midfielder Gerrard will play his first game for Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, when the Reds take on Crystal Palace at home in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers’s will head into the match placed fifth in the league table with 62 points from 36 matches, six points behind Manchester United, who are fourth in the standings at the moment.

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