Steven Gerrard has discussed his relationship with Jurgen Klopp and how he strives to be as good a manager as Liverpool’s boss.
Gerrard took the brave decision over the summer to end his tenure in charge of our U18s and take over at Rangers – for whom he’s doing very, very well north of the border.
Rangers are third in the table, just two points off top placed Celtic – and have a chance of qualifying from their Europa League group – too.
Gerrard is in constant contact with Klopp and has explained that the German is always happy to help the man who may one day take his job.
“I was like a sponge, watching and learning. I watch him on TV and see how he handles situations,” Gerrard told the Guardian.
“I could never be Jürgen with his charisma and energy. But if I can take a few things from him it will be such a help. And if I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me.
“Jürgen’s really good at switching off. When the game is on he’s very emotional but once it’s over he can park the emotion. That’s why he’s so good at handling the pressure.
“Tomorrow is a different day and that’s a big lesson I have to learn. I have to live my life outside football while still being a manager. It is difficult but I’m trying.”
In a dream world, Klopp will win plenty of silverware with Liverpool, step down when he’s good and ready, with Gerrard making a romantic return to fill his boots!
So while we desperately want Klopp to achieve what he’s capable of with us, we hope Gerrard cuts his teeth properly elsewhere and is one day ready to take the helm.
He’s already shown a penchant for attacking football and has given some fantastic interviews to the press. Keep up the good work, Stevie!