By Emma Sanders
Steven Gerrard has revealed the details about Rafa Benitez’ half-time talk which helped to spark one of Liverpool’s most famous comebacks.
Benitez was the manager at Liverpool when they secured a sensational victory in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan, which included world-class players such as Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko.
Liverpool were losing 3-0 at half-time but produced a sublime comeback to draw level and take the game to extra-time, before eventually winning on penalties.
The current Newcastle boss opted to bring on Didi Hamann at half-time and the German midfielder had a huge impact on the game, but Gerrard also revealed it was an inspirational team talk which helped spark the revival.
“Rafa sorted us out and we came out a very different team. He was very calm, it was more tactical. We were surprised, we were expecting him to lose it a bit,” Gerrard told BT Sport, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“There was a lot of noise early on but then Rafa came in and calmed us all down and gave us the inspirational team talk that enabled us to get back in the game.”
Benitez is regarded as one of the best managers in the world and is known for his superb tactics so it was a surprise when he agreed to stay on as Newcastle manager in the Championship.
So far this season, he has guided them to the top of the table and they currently hold a one point lead over Brighton in second place.
Their victory against Burton Albion on Saturday was the 14th of the season and they remain favourites to gain promotion back into the Premier League.
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