Liverpool: Klopp assesses Sheffield United performance
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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has backed the appointment of Steven Gerrard as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement, according to reports. The German’s future at Anfield is currently uncertain. And, with Rangers nearing the Scottish Premiership title, Gerrard could be in line to take over.
Liverpool hired Klopp as a replacement for Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.
And he’s worked wonders during his time at the club, helping them knock Manchester United off their perch.
Liverpool have won the Premier League and Champions League under Klopp, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers on the planet.
But, now, the Reds are facing the prospect of the German leaving Merseyside.
There’s a growing worry behind the scenes that Klopp will up and leave to take over at the Germany national team, with Joachim Lowe’s own position there up in the air.
And, now, Dalglish’s stance on Gerrard taking over has emerged.
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The Daily Mirror claim the Liverpool legend has endorsed the possible appointment of their former midfielder, who has worked wonders during his time at Rangers.
They’re on course to win the Scottish Premiership, ending Celtic’s dominance of the top flight in the process.
And Rangers could be forced into hiring a new manager if Liverpool come calling, with Gerrard unlikely to pass at the opportunity to take over.
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The Reds, for their part, are confident Gerrard would reject other offers to take over.
And it seems Klopp’s time at Anfield could be starting to wind down, in news that is sure to alarm many supporters.
Though Liverpool have struggled under him this season, they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday night.
Curtis Jones struck for the visitors, with a Kean Bryan own goal consigning the Blades to another Premier League defeat.
And, speaking after that game, Klopp was delighted.
He said: “I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team. So, the world is like this.
“We win a game, we showed togetherness obviously for everybody. We don’t win a game and people guess we are not together.
“It’s not as easy as that. It was another special week and, yeah, it is a very nice touch from Curtis, of course.
“But it was clear that it will be like this that we try our everything, not only for Ali, but for Ali as well of course.”
Klopp also promised fans there was more to come from Jones, who continues to impress for Liverpool when called upon.
There is a lot to come from Curtis. The potential is exceptional,” he said.
“We had a lot of talks this week, video sessions as well and we showed him just that he has to be more in these decisive areas because he’s very good with the ball, his control is good.
“He controls the game really, keeps the ball – that’s all really good – but a player with this quality we need him in finishing situations as well tonight.
“It worked out really well, so happy about that.”
He then continued: “I think it is clear that we scored the two goals with the two rather scrappy situations.
“So, a deflected ball and the ball where obviously the whole of Sheffield thought the ball is out.
“But the first goal especially shows a little bit the difference between the other games and tonight because we missed chances in the first half, played super football, created super chances, and we all know we had times when we score in these situations but not in the moment.
“So, we have to turn around with other goals and we stay on track for the first goal – Trent keeps the ball in the game and then Curtis finishes the situation off.
“I think Sheffield was stood still in that moment if I’m right. I didn’t celebrate because they have a better position than I have, so they probably know it’s out.
“On top of that, the bench of Sheffield said when they watched it on the screen, on the iPad, the ball was out. I thought, ‘OK, the ball was out.’ But then the ball was not out and it was a big surprise.”
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