It is well established that Benitez is not the warmest of managers, but in his recently released autobiography 'The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool', Hamann delivered a glowing review of Benitez's managerial skills. He enthused:
"Rafael Benitez isn’t big on relationships, but in my mind he is pure managerial genius.
"Rafa had the ability to achieve this rapid transformation from total blankness to incredible insight in just two minutes. He was incisive. He had the mind of a prosecution barrister and the words of a Spanish troubadour".
Hamann has been on the publicity circuit promoting his book over the last couple of months, and he's been talking up Benitez's managerial abilities at every opportunity, and in an interview with Today FM a few days ago, he revealed that he would like to work with Benitez at some point:
"That is something that may happen in the future. At the moment, I'm doing my coaching badges, and then we'll see in the future.
"I've made it clear in the past that I'm a big admirer of how he works and what he does, and if the opportunity was to come along one day, then who knows".
Hamann and Benitez together would perhaps have too much of a defensive philosophy to it, but you never know. If it happened, Benitez would obviously be manager, but where would Didi fit in? Assistant Manager? First Team Coach?
it would definitely be an interesting experiment, and who knows, maybe we'll see the Benitez-Hamann partnership at Liverpool one day?