Steven Gerrard has a book coming out. You might have heard about it. There’s been interesting extracts in the Daily Mail. But not necessarily a flattering interesting.
Not the kind of interesting that you might use to describe I think therefore I play by Andrea Pirlo. That book delights in the insight shown by a brilliant football brain.
Not to say that Gerrard’s book will lack that. But it’s hitting the headlines for juicier reasons. Particularly his embarrassing sensitivity when it comes to Rafa Benitez.
The pair achieved great things together at Liverpool but Gerrard has revealed that he wasn’t having as good a time as he could have been having.
That’s because he didn’t know whether Benitez loved him or not. Genuinely.
The LA Galaxy midfielder spoke about his distant relationship with Benitez in a BBC interview, saying that he never knew how Benitez felt about him when they worked together.
It sounds like that only spurred Gerard on though. To be fair to Gerrard, he is being brutally honest. Clearly approval is important in sports psychology.
Listen to an awkward tale of a player desperate for the love of his manager below.