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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named club legend Steven Gerrard as one player he wished he could’ve coached at Anfield. Klopp narrowly missed out on working with Gerrard, and a game in Sydney four years ago made the German boss rue it.
The 54-year-old was named Liverpool boss on 8 October 2015, the same day Gerrard confirmed he was leaving Anfield after 26 years at his boyhood club.
He joined LA Galaxy for a year before returning to Liverpool as a youth coach at the start of 2017.
In May 2017, he made his last appearance for the Reds in a post-season friendly at Sydney FC, which Klopp took charge of after securing a fourth-place Premier League finish in his first full season.
Gerrard’s performance in a 3-0 win was enough for Klopp to wish he could’ve coached him before leaving Merseyside six years ago.
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Klopp recent discussed all things Liverpool with fan website This Is Anfield amid his 20th season in football management.
When asked which player from any period before becoming Liverpool boss he would’ve wanted to coach, Klopp’s answer was ‘easy’.
He said: “That’s easy. It’s Stevie [Steven Gerrard].
“When we played in Sydney three or four years ago after the season, we didn’t have a proper team, and we invited [Steve] McManaman, [Daniel] Agger, Jamie Carragher and Stevie.
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“To be honest, I knew Liverpool, and I saw him playing, of course, but a little bit advanced age group wise but they were all really good.
“But Stevie, what a player he still was then! I think he was already retired, but maybe a youth coach here. Incredible.
“Stevie and me together in the roles, he as the man on the pitch and me as a coach that would have been nice. So it’s Stevie.
“Six years ago, it would have been a different answer, but now I’m here, and I know him as a person and as a player, so that’s now an easy answer.”
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Many have tipped Gerrard to one day succeed Klopp as Liverpool manager amid his successful stint as Rangers boss.
The 41-year-old guided Rangers to a phenomenal 2020/21 campaign, in which the club clinched the Scottish Premiership title at the earliest date a team had ever won it.
The Glasgow side completed an unbeaten league season to secure the 55th Scottish championship in their history.
Once Klopp parts ways with Liverpool, Gerrard will undoubtedly be in the running to return to Anfield in the hotseat.
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