Jurgen Klopp’s latest words have proven that it is possible for Reds to love Steven Gerrard even more than we already do.
The Reds boss has explained the Liverpool’s legend’s reaction to finding out he could join up with the first team and play under him in next month’s post-season friendly in Australia.
Klopp, in turn, is seemingly just as excited about the chance to manage the Anfield great when his team come up against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24.
“If somebody would have told me a few years ago that I would be the manager of Steven Gerrard, I would have said ‘Yes!’ It’s fantastic,” the German told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The best thing you could have seen was the eyes of Stevie when I told him – or asked him, actually, what he would think about it. ‘You want me to play?!’ I thought I would have to convince him… he said ‘Yes, of course, when?’ It’s really nice. He is a 100 per cent football player and of course a 100 per cent LFC player. He is really looking forward to it, and I think the same.”
“It will not be the longest preparation [for Gerrard] for the game I’ve ever done, I would say; maybe I’ll use his experience, not give him too much wrong advice and let him enjoy the game!”
“I’m really looking forward for my players to play again with him, and for the people to see him again in an LFC shirt. It’s a really nice thing.”
Gerrard’s delight over the chance to link up with the current first team stars comes as a reminder of why he is such an icon for Liverpool fans and players and why he is the perfect Academy coach for the club’s youngsters to learn from.
He will be also be accompanied by Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman as all four put on the Liverpool shirt for the second time this year having already featured in last month’s Legends game against Real Madrid.
We suspect it won’t be the last time we see Klopp and Gerrard in communication on a Liverpool match-day.