When choosing the best manager you’ve played under you have to look back at which manager has given you the greatest nights of your career and for me that has to be Rafa.
The Champions League win, the FA Cup win, the game against Olympiacos, victories over Juventus and Chelsea – Rafa’s been there for them all.
He has taken my game to a different level and hopefully he can continue to do that.
The big thing about Rafa is that he’s a winner. He’s not a man who shouts or who is in your face, he’s a calming influence and a man who is very good at explaining all the different situations we may face during a game. Whenever we step onto the field there is nothing left in the dressing room, we have prepared for everything. He’s a great tactician.
Steven Gerrard 21 November 2008