Jamie Redknapp had to convince Gerard Houllier that Steven Gerrard became a “various class” with the ragged Liverpool boss first and main preferring the survey of Stephen Wright.

Gerrard and Wright came by the Liverpool academy together sooner than their profession paths in the end went entirely various programs with Wright leaving the Reds in 2002 to affix Premier League facet Sunderland.

Houllier in the end promoted Gerrard to play for Liverpool’s first crew however Redknapp claims that Houllier had elevated hopes for Wright after the pair had been invited to put in conjunction with the seniors.


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Speaking on The Lockdown Tactics podcast, Redknapp recalled the coaching session the set apart Houllier thought Wright became “the one”: “I’ve acquired the ball, handed to Stevie, hoping he would give me it support and I would possibly perhaps maybe ping it out to the left winger, or one thing.

“However he took the ball in and on the half of-turn he supreme hit this dawdle, straight by the air and into somebody’s toes. And I thought ‘wow, this child can play’. Honest two minutes later, he’s smashed into Paul Ince, after which he’s using past folks.

“Gerard Houllier came as a lot as me at the tip and requested what I thought of the supreme-support? I acknowledged ‘correct-support? What in regards to the child in midfield? He’s improbable. He’s in a odd class, the correct I’ve seen in years. He is a winner’.

“I acknowledged ‘Whenever you may perhaps be ready to’t survey that then you definately don’t know soccer’.”

Wright made 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, whereas Gerrard made 504 league appearances for the club and won the Champions League.

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