Jurgen Klopp has essentially told Steven Gerrard he’ll always be welcomed back at Melwood in a coaching capacity.
The legendary midfielder, arguably our greatest ever player, left in the summer on the expiration of his contract to join MLS franchise LA Galaxy.
Now 35, Gerrrard has one more year on his contract with LA Galaxy, meaning he’ll stay with them until November this year – having missed out on the MLS title during his debut season.
Then though, he’ll be available, although he doesn’t know in what specific capacity, having worked as a pundit and also signed up for his coaching badges.
“I have had a chat with Klopp,” Gerrard said.
“I haven’t had an offer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back.
“There hasn’t been a conversation where they have said: ‘we want you to do this, we want you to do that’. But they have welcomed me back in.
“I am always going to be biased towards Liverpool and the FA. Basically, when I am back home I am going to carry on with my punditry work and if nothing happens between now and then I am going to try and move around clubs and gain more experience for myself, going to watch managers and try and learn more for myself.
“I am basically available from November/December. What’s interesting for me is I know what is going to happen until November but beyond that I don’t know.
“When I come back I have got my BT work but I am available for whatever is out there. Everyone in the football world will know I am available and hopefully I will be 75% into my coaching badges.”
It’s important Klopp recognises the influence and status of Gerrard at Anfield, and it’s great he wants the former skipper to eventually join his coaching team.
Klopp currently has Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz underneath him, having worked with the pair for many successful years at Borussia Dortmund. Gerrard though could slot into the set-up, able to aid us through his years of Premier League knowledge, combined with the fact he’s a winner.
We can’t wait for him to come back, but are sad he didn’t feature for Klopp in a playing capacity.