Liverpool fan tweets after meeting Rafa Benitez and telling him: 'Thanks for the memories'

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Liverpool fans have fond memories of Rafa Benitez from his time at the club.

Following three years at Valencia, the Spaniard took over as manager in 2004 and was immediately tasked with convincing Steven Gerrard to stay on Merseyside.

Benitez succeeded and in the same summer he recruited Xabi Alonso from Real Sociedad and Luis Garcia from Barcelona.

Liverpool finished fifth in the Premier League in Benitez's first season in charge, but that campaign is remembered for their famous Champions League triumph over AC Milan.

Goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso saw the Reds come from 3-0 down in Istanbul and eventually win on penalties.

Winning the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, 2005/06 FA Cup and 2006 Community Shield followed for Benitez, who was making a big impression on Merseyside.

He also guided Liverpool to the 2006/07 Champions League final in Athens, but AC Milan got their revenge with a 2-1 victory.

In the end Benitez lasted six years as he left by mutual consent on June 3, 2010. Roy Hodgson was his replacement and since then Liverpool have only won one trophy - the 2011/12 League Cup.

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Benitez, meanwhile, has gone on to manage Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and now Newcastle, but he remains a legend at Anfield.

Liverpool fan and football writer Carl Clemente bumped into the 58-year-old on Saturday morning and his tweet about the chance meeting has gone viral.

Clemente claims he asked Benitez for a photo and thanked him for the memories at Liverpool, to which the Spanish manager said: "It's an absolute pleasure."

"I saw Rafa this morning - I politely asked him for a photo and told him I was a Liverpool fan," wrote Clemente.

"I then thanked him for the memories, in which he replied - "It's an absolute pleasure" - followed by a wink, a handshake and a friendly tap on the cheek. The small things in life."

Class. Liverpool are in with a chance of winning the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp this season, but Kopites will never forget what Benitez did for them.

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