Jurgen Klopp’s fantastic, isn’t he?
Many would be threatened by the presence of Steven Gerrard, maybe the club’s greatest ever player, working on the backroom staff, but Klopp wants our former captain to one day take his job.
Our German manager was keen to bring Gerrard in from the moment he took charge, and has now given him a role in charge of the Under-18s for next season.
By all accounts, Gerrard’s settled in well and has impressed everyone at the Academy with his work ethic and knowledge, and it’s great to see him learning the ropes in Liverpool colours.
“It’s perfect that we can involve Steven. What a guy, he’s fantastic,” Klopp told the Times. “He was one of the world’s best footballers ever. We had him last winter when he had a break in the USA [from LA Galaxy] and he had a few sessions with us, a few shooting sessions, and I thought what is that? His shooting. Unbelievable.
“I told him when I leave, or the club sack me, I don’t care of course who’ll be my successor, but I’d love that he’d be it. I’ll do everything I can to make sure he gets all the information he needs. Because when you join a club you have a big responsibility for the future, and the future of this club needs legends like Steven Gerrard in decisive positions.”
Ideally, Klopp will see out the next five years of his contract and enjoy big success, and Gerrard can then take charge in 2022, having witnessed a few Premier League title wins!
For now, Gerrard should be learning all he can from our current boss, who’s won Bundesliga titles, reached European finals and created a wonderful brand of offensive football that many on the continent now mimic.