Steven Gerrard has already proved he will become a great manager, this is according to ex-Liverpool Striker Djibril Cisse. In a recent interview documented in the Mirror former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has expressed his belief that Steven Gerrard will become a great manager after witnessing his half-time team talk in the 2005 Champions League final win against AC Milan.
Every Liverpool fan will and quite frankly should remember that evening as ifor it were yesterday. Such a roller-coaster of emotions. The way AC Milan dominated the first half to go in at the interval leading 3-0. To most, what we witnessed in the second half has been hailed as a Benitez masterclass. However, the French striker credited Gerrard’s inspirational words as the catalyst for the historic comeback.
Cisse claimed that such attributes showed exactly why the Liverpool legend will become a top manager in the future.
“It’s in his DNA, he was talking to us, trying to make us feel like we could give our best.”
“I think he will be a great manager. I don’t know if that’s what he wants to do, but he’s at the academy and it’s a great start for him and I see him as a manager.”
“At half time, Rafa did a speech. He tried to boost and tried to put us back in the game. He was really optimistic. But what really changed the game was Stevie’s speech.”
“He asked nicely to the staff to be alone with the players and he said that he is a Liverpool kid, always been his club, he didn’t want to see his club being like this, being humiliated and he said if we scored in the first 15 minutes we would win the game and he’s the guy who scored the first goal.”
“He gave the best captain’s speech I ever heard in my career. He asked everyone to leave, including Rafa, he just asked to be with the players. That’s what gave us the power to go and win the game. You need to have some balls to do this.”
“It was the most incredible night of my career. I wish and really I hope a lot of players will experience what we lived through that night. But I know it’s one of a kind, only us. It was really, really special.”
We all remember what we witnessed that night, the emotion, the raw intensity of the occasion. A truly magnificent victory. A proud moment to be a red. Gerrard has a long way to go if he wishes to become our manager. However stories like this really make you realise how lucky we are to have him back at the club.