Rafa on Stevie: ‘˜Best is yet to come!’

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes Steven Gerrard will continue to improve and impress as he continues his career at Anfield.

This weekend celebrates ten years since Gerrard made his debut for the club against Blackburn Rovers in 1998 under French manager Gerard Houllier.

And now at 28, some experts believe the England international is at the peak of his game, but Benitez says the best is yet to come.

“It is difficult to find a player who has spent 10 years at one club, especially now with the way football has gone,” he told the club’s official web site.

“And for him to do it in a top side is even more difficult. But Steven has the right mentality.

“Steven has improved with every year. He is always trying to learn, he has matured as a player and a person and tactically he has become more astute.

“He is trying to learn still, to do the right things on the pitch, and I believe he will continue to improve.

“He is an example to everyone. He always trains hard and is a good professional. He is always committed on the pitch, it is a kind of leadership that all captains should aspire to.

“In 10 years he will be a manager – probably at Liverpool. So if I stay for a lot longer, he can take over from me.

“Physically he is very strong, but he can play for five years now at the maximum level and then three or so more years helping the manager.”