Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says it feels as if he has misplaced a member of the family upon Gerard Houllier’s demise.
The Frenchman, who bossed the Reds between 1998 and 2004, handed away aged 73 on Monday, simply days after having a coronary heart operation.
Thompson, who gained seven league titles with Liverpool as a participant, was Houllier’s No.2 all through his time in control of the membership and was ‘shocked’ by the unhappy information.
He instructed White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “It was very troublesome, particularly within the morning with individuals making an attempt to get in contact, as a result of it was like a member of the household dying.
“It was such a shock as a result of I didn’t realise he’d gone in and he was having that operation in Paris.
“So to get the information as I did at 9.45am was only a huge shock, as a result of we had such a beautiful relationship.
“Apart from being coaches, we had such a beautiful factor and all day yesterday with my sons and my spouse, we have been speaking about all the great instances and the way nice it was.
“At the same time as we’d completed [working together], in the previous few years he’d see my sons when he’d come to Anfield.
“They grew up and bought loads greater, however he knew them and recognised them, he’d give them a kiss on both aspect of the cheek. It was his affectionate means of greeting all people.”
Liverpool gained two League Cups, an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup below Houllier’s steerage.
Reds icons Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher paid tribute to their former supervisor, whereas Danny Murphy instructed talkSPORT ‘he modified my profession and my life’.
Thompson revealed Houllier might be fierce at instances, regardless of his form nature.
“His qualities have been fantastic,” he added. “It’s been well-documented on the TV and within the papers; [he was] heat, caring.
“However he might be fierce as nicely with it. He didn’t shirk making huge judgements. As a supervisor, generally you must make them.
“As gamers, you name managers every part as a result of ‘you possibly can’t try this to me’, this, that, however as you become old you realise why the choices needed to be made.
“So he by no means shirked a difficulty, however he had that fantastic heat human contact and also you felt it popping out of Jamie Carragher’s phrases, Steven Gerrard’s phrases, Danny Murphy’s phrases…
“Carra and Steven at all times mentioned that Rafa in all probability nearly edged it as a coach, however as a man-manager Houllier was one million miles other than him.
“He was high class. He took care of the gamers and their households. I feel that was a aspect of him that bought to individuals and why they actually liked him.”