Steven Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate, Djibril Cisse believes he will make a great manager and he showed that at the UCL final in Istanbul, back in 2005.
Gerrard inspired his side to a comeback victory from 3-0 down to win on penalties, he scored the opening goal for Liverpool and won the penalty that led to Alonso’s equaliser.
The former England international is now an academy coach at Liverpool and Cisse says he saw signs of a great manager in his former captain.
“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,” he told the Mirror.
“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.”
Cisse, who was at the club from 2004-07, said Gerrard had delivered a gutsy half-time speech.
“He gave the best captain’s speech I ever heard in my career,” he said.
“He asked everyone to leave, including Rafa [Benitez, manager], 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.”