Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard.

Jamie Carragher reveals what Rafa Benitez did to bring out the best in Steven Gerrard

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It seems like the supposed spat between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba is dominated all the headlines lately and it isn't going anywhere.

The debate about how Mourinho is supposed to get the best out of the £89 million midfielder rages on and while the Man United boss is sick to death of the nuances of what a central midfielder is, the media won't let up.

Furthermore, Pogba has been in and out of the side recently with a combination of illness and being straight-up dropped from the side.

For the Frenchman, who returned home one of the most expensive players in the world after leaving for Juventus on a free many years ago, it's been a humbling few weeks.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher told a story of how then-boss Rafael Benitez got the best out of Steven Gerrard and his attacking tendencies, something Mourinho is desperate to do with Pogba.

"Managers often have this problem, but can find a solution by isolating a feature of a player’s game where he can contribute most," Carragher wrote.

"At Liverpool, Rafa Benitez felt he had a dilemma with Steven Gerrard. He saw the dynamism he could offer from central midfield, but was worried about the spaces his forward bursts left in front of the defence. Gerrard’s heroic Istanbul performance was not as a central midfielder, but as a No 10.

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"In 2006 he was named PFA Player of the Year, having spent most of the season at right midfield. In 2009 he was the FWA Player of the Year, having spent the season as a No 10 behind Fernando Torres.

"The difference was Gerrard was world class and there were options available to Benitez. He was so influential with goals and assists it justified tweaking the system to get the most from the captain. You can build teams around players like Gerrard."

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Carragher's point is, Pogba is not good enough yet to have United built around him. With the all-star cast of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and others, a pragmatic manager like Mourinho is unlikely to bend everything to Pogba.

After being taught a lesson at St James' Park the other week following the loss to Newcastle, maybe Benitez could teach Mourinho another lesson.

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