There wasn't much in terms of direction that Jamie Carragher could offer Steven Gerrard out on the field - but Carra admits there was the occasional Scouse squabble in the heat of the moment.
Teammates, opponents and spectators will all pay testimony to the vocal presence that has allowed Carragher to marshall the Liverpool back-line over the years.
The man himself admits there have been certain players who have been forced to bear the brunt of his orders a little more than the rest.
However, Gerrard was rarely one of them.
"I don't know how you play football without talking," Carragher admitted to Liverpoolfc.com. "I just don't know how people can do it.
"I couldn't play a game of football without telling people what to do. You're also helping yourself because if they do their job better, it makes it easier for you.
"But a lot of the time, the players are that good that you think there's nothing you can say to them. What do you say to Gerrard? What do you say to Luis Suarez?
"I always talk to Stevie through the game - about whether he needs to go forward, or close someone down, or drop off - you always give him that information.
"But in terms of losing your rag with someone, I don't do it with him. I think we've had a couple of moments, me and Stevie, on the pitch, nothing major, but that's just your will to win."
Carra continued: "There are a few [who have taken plenty of stick] though. Jose Enrique gets a little bit at the moment.
"Alvaro Arbeloa used to get quite a bit. We had that situation at West Brom [on the penultimate day of the 2008-09 campaign] which obviously went too far.
"But it's always normally the people who are around you. It's normally the full-backs because they are the closest to me.
"No-one has ever said anything or complained about it, so they probably don't mind too much.
"And I'm one of them - if something happens on the pitch, as soon as the whistle blows it's forgotten about. What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch."
Carragher has never been one to shy away from telling referees exactly what he thinks.
So we asked him how he believed Premier League refs would find life after Carragher.
"I think they'll be looking forward to things being a lot quieter!" joked the Bootle boy. "I just think referees are part of the game and you certainly don't want the opposition getting on top of a referee.
"You need to make sure that you are fighting for your club, to make sure that you are getting the 50/50 decisions.
"You need to speak to the referee and have a good rapport with him. As one of the experienced players, you can sort a situation out with another player in your team and tell them to calm down.
"It all boils down to - if me talking to a referee can help Liverpool then that's all that matters."
Part three of our exclusive interview with Carragher will be available in text form on Liverpoolfc.com on Saturday. A new documentary featuring Carragher's managers, teammates and some high-profile opponents airs for the first time at 7pm BST on Friday, May 24 on LFC TV.