Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has no doubts, that if Jose Mourinho was the coach of Liverpool, the team would have achieved a gigantic success.
Legendary Liverpool midfielder has revealed in his autobiography, that he considers Portuguese coach one of the best managers in the world. Gerrard is convinced, that Mourinho’s arrival at Anfielf would be an enormous success for the Reds.
In his autobiography Gerrard wrote :
“It was clear that, tactically, he could set up his team to win any football match… because he was a pure winner. But, more than that, he created a special bond with each squad he managed.”
“You heard it in the way his players spoke about him. You saw it in the way they played for him.”
“For me, the ideal situation would obviously have been for Mourinho to have managed Liverpool. He was linked with a move to Anfield a couple of times but it never materialised. I know I’m biased, but I think it would have been a perfect match.”
“The Liverpool fans would have loved him and he would have known exactly how to turn that love into adoration. He always told me about his deep respect for our supporters. Jose would have had a fantastic time bringing huge success to Liverpool.”
It is not secret, that Jose Mourinho tried several times to sign Gerard, but each time midfielder refused. But, as he writes Gerrard, the portuguese coach has always understood the reasons, why Liverpool captain did not want to leave Anfield.
”Jose Mourinho understood my reasons; but each time he came in for me he was very persuasive. I liked the way he spoke to me and I could see how most of his players were ready to die for him. I remembered him winning the Champions League with Inter Milan and the devastation of his players when he left. You could see it in their faces. I understood how they felt because they had shared such a big moment in their careers together. I never had that with Rafa Benitez. I would have had it with Jose Mourinho.”