Jurgen Klopp hopes Steven Gerrard succeeds him

The former Liverpool player has returned to the club as an academy coach

BY Sinéad Farrell 11:40 Friday 19 May 2017, 11:40 19 May 2017

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Jurgen Klopp says he would love to see Steven Gerrard succeed him as the manager of Liverpool when his time comes to move on.

The Anfield legend and former captain of the side, returned to the club earlier this year as an academy coach. He was appointed the manager of the U18s side last month and as he continues his progression in team management, Klopp has placed his trust in Gerrard's capabilities to take over the senior side.

During his time as a player, Gerrard played an influential role with the side, and inspired Liverpool back from a 3-0 deficit, to defeat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

In an interview with The Times, Klopp said he was grateful to have Gerrard's expertise at the club.

"It's perfect that we can involve Steven. What a guy, he's fantastic. 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."

He added that managing Liverpool is a position which Gerrard can hopefully hold on a long-term basis:

"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. Kenny Dalglish was pretty much everything in this club, and the feeling he creates just by being around is unbelievable.

"(Gerrard) gave the club a lot and now we can give him the best education in this specific part he wants to work in, hopefully for the rest of his life.

 

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