‘To be honest’ – Jurgen Klopp names Liverpool legend he would like to lead
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Steven Gerrard is the player he would choose from history to coach.
Gerrard left Liverpool at the end of the 2014-15 season and Klopp was appointed by the club at the start of the following campaign, meaning their time together at the club did not overlap.
The former midfielder is considered one of Liverpool’s all-time great players, having inspired the team to Champions League glory in 2005. Gerrard has also won the League Cup three times. , the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup with the Reds.
Klopp was able to enjoy glory at Anfield as well, with the 2019 Champions League victory backed by the club’s first top-flight triumph in 30 years.
Speaking to This Is Anfield, Klopp was asked which player in history he would like to lead if given the chance and his response was one that would make Reds fans happy.
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“It’s easy,” he said. “It’s Stevie.
“When we played in Sydney three or four years ago and after the season we didn’t have a suitable squad and we invited [Steve] McManaman, [Daniel] Agger, Jamie Carragher and Stevie.
“To be honest I knew Liverpool and saw them play, of course, but a bit advanced in terms of their age group, but they were all very good.
“But Stevie, what a player he was still then! I think he was already retired but maybe a youth coach here. Unbelievable. Stevie and I together in roles, him as a man. on the pitch and me as a coach who would have It’s okay Stevie.
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“Six years ago the answer would have been different, but now I’m here and I know him as a person and as a player, so now it’s an easy answer.”
Gerrard worked under Klopp at Liverpool on the coaching staff between 2017 and 2018, serving as youth coach, then under-18 and under-19 teams.
However, he left the Reds in June 2018 to become manager of the Rangers. Gerrard brought the team back to the top of Scottish football during their time there, winning the Scottish Premiership title last season after enjoying an unbeaten league season.