The pair worked together at Anfield.

Luis Garcia explains why he used to always ‘fight’ with Rafa Benitez

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Luis Garcia only spent three seasons with Liverpool, but he certainly made an impact.

The Spaniard was always held amongst high regard by Liverpool fans, but Rafa Benitez may have a different opinion of Garcia, after the winger revealed why he used to “fight” with his then-manager.

Garcia was a popular man with Liverpool fans, mainly for his contribution towards their run to Champions League glory in 2005.

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He scored a stunning goal during their quarter-final tie with Juventus before scoring the infamous ‘ghost goal’ against Chelsea to send the Reds into the final, which they famously won against AC Milan.

Much of the rest of Garcia’s time at Anfield was disrupted by injuries and a loss of form, but he did end the following season with an FA Cup Winners’ medal around his neck, and he finished his three year spell at the club with 30 goals to his name in 121 matches in all competitions.

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In the 2013 poll, “100 Players Who Shook the Kop," Garcia placed 34th.

But Garcia admitted that his relationship with fellow Spaniard and manager Rafa Benitez was not always the strongest during a question and answer session on Twitter.

When asked what his favourite position was, Garica replied “I was always fighting with Rafa Benitez about this! I loved to play as a 2nd striker but he’d mainly play me out on the wing.”

Given that Milan Baros was Liverpool’s top league goalscorer during the 2004/05 season with just nine goals, Garcia may have had a point, but it’s difficult to argue with a man who led his side to Champions League glory despite being 3-0 down at half time in the final.

Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Luis Garc

Garcia also revealed that former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was the best player that he played with in the Champions League, above the likes of Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta and Patrick Kluivert.

Liverpool certainly wouldn’t mind having those two back in their prime at Anfield right now.

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