Steven Gerrard has finally weighed in on the controversial appointment of former boss Rafa Benitez to manage rivals Everton.
The Liverpool legend was himself linked with the Everton job but he has now declared that was a non-starter for him.
Gerrard told ESPN: “I was very shocked and surprised that my name was linked to the job. I don’t know where it came from, whether it was paper talk or if there was any truth in it, I’m not sure.
“[Managing Everton] is never a possibility as far as I’m concerned.”
Gerrard on Benitez joining Everton
Gerrard spent six years under Benitez at Anfield, enjoying much success.
In his debut season in English management Benitez, with Gerrard as his captain, Benitez led Liverpool to a memorable Champions League victory in Istanbul. He would also go on to win the FA Cup and come close to winning the Premier League before departing in 2010.
When asked to comment on the choice of Benitez to join Everton, Gerrard said: “Rafa is his own man and will make his own professional decisions, so there’s no surprise that he wanted to get back in the Premier League at a big club and have the opportunity to compete against all the top teams in the league, so I wasn’t very shocked and surprised at all in all honesty.
“Rafa wasn’t born in the city, he’s not a red through-and-through and he never played against Everton for 20 years and competed against them, so I think it’s a very different situation [to mine].”
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Many Liverpool fans will still hold hope that Gerrard will one day be standing in the Anfield dug-out.
The now 41-year-old Rangers manager has impressed in his first job, leading his club to an unbeaten season during their last campaign.
It would have been hard to imagine Gerrard being able to manager Everton only to later move across Stanley Park to Liverpool. His latest comments have confirmed what every Liverpool fan wanted to hear and it keeps his legend-status at the club very much intact.