Jurgen Klopp has faced the media ahead of Steven Gerrard’s return to Anfield and unsurprisingly was asked about the club legend during most of his press conference.
Our boss has been full of praise for the former captain and his journey from under-18s to Aston Villa manager, and advised how he will feel when he returns to his old club.
Speaking about his transition from youth team to Premier League boss, the German said: “Honestly, a great story. I can imagine a little bit how he feels.
“I know he said, ‘No affection’ and all that and Stevie in the meantime has been an experienced coach, manager. He’s been in this job for a while and he knows exactly how to approach games, but maybe he doesn’t know how it feels when he walks into a stadium or off the dugout or whatever. whatever.
“I had it the same way; I can’t really compare it but when I came the first time back to Mainz or the first time I came and the last time Liverpool went back to Dortmund. It’s strange, it’s strange.
“You like or love pretty much everyone you meet when you get to the stadium and that doesn’t usually happen when you get somewhere – it’s usually very competitive. But I can handle it, Stevie will handle it.
“I think Stevie is friends with 99.9% of people who work for Liverpool FC and 0.1% have never met him because they come after him. I’ve never heard a negative word about Steven Gerrard since I’ve been here. I met him, he’s a great guy and he’s going to come here and want to win the football game.
“First, give a nice handshake, after a nice handshake, and in between they will go all the way and he will go all the way. I remember when we scored against Dortmund at Mainz, I forgot everything about my story in Mainz, I celebrated like a mad demon!
“So he’s allowed to do that too, I just hope he doesn’t have an excuse for that.”
The former Dortmund and Mainz coach was then asked if any advice he provided to our former No 8 would benefit him tomorrow, to which he replied: “Yes, that can happen with football. ‘Advice’? It’s been a long, long time. Of course, we spoke a few times, but because he was at Rangers and especially when he was at Villa, we had some messages, sent to each other.
“But that’s it, pretty much. I’m not being silly, not because I wouldn’t give him advice but out of necessity, obviously. I have watched Aston Villa regularly since he was there: to be honest.
“The style is similar to Rangers, but obviously with different players who are really good. It feels like everyone is playing in the position he was made for and it looks nice, to be honest. It will be a tough test but that is Premier League football.
“There’s no difference compared to other games and we try to figure out how we can cause them more problems than they’ve had so far in the games they’ve played. — and hopefully we can.”
He then discusses the reception the former Rangers gaffer can expect: “Stevie can say there is no sentiment and that is true but from our point of view, from the club’s point of view, it is affection.
“We love Stevie but that doesn’t mean anything around this game. We are all professionals and we will go with all we have and we will need Anfield.
“Stevie probably got the best reception in the world because he deserves it, before the game, after the game, they can sing songs and all that but for 95 minutes. , we need people behind and I know our people well enough, that’s what they like.
Our boss then discussed the inevitability of the Huyton-born manager in the Anfield hot seat: “Oh, yes. Yes, I think, totally I think. The only problem is when is the right time for that? It’s not just about Stevie we’ve seen it with Frank [Lampard], for example, in Chelsea – a similar story.
“I think Stevie is doing very well at the moment because he is still very young from a manager’s point of view, so it’s just the right time to take the job. It’s not that he can’t do it, it’s how long you want to do it.
So is this the last job you do, is it the second job you do, the third job you do, whatever. Those are questions I can’t answer, but yes, I think it’s bound to happen and be good for everyone.”
Ultimately, whether the captain of the return to Istanbul needs to prove himself more before he can take up Klopp’s duties, he said: “I am not the right person to answer that. It can’t [up to] me to make these kinds of decisions.
“I don’t know what you have to do before you become Liverpool manager. I know people say you have to win everything, I’m not sure about that.
“I think it’s more important that you win things while you’re here: you don’t have to win stuff from the past and be a ‘proven winner’ and all this crap.
“You can win things in the past but never win something again, so for these things you have to be the right manager and for every manager in the world that is what It’s really important that the club is in a stable moment.
“So even if they’re from a sporting point of view maybe not in the best of times, because that’s mostly why one manager gets fired and another comes in, but if the part If the rest is stable then you have a good chance of improving things and that’s what you have to do.
“Everything Stevie has done so far has been good, like it’s completely on the right track. But what does that mean? I wouldn’t, to be honest, I can’t see a scenario where I would be involved in that decision.
“But who knows what the future brings – and we’ll see.”
We all hope that the man who is now playing the role will be there for a long time, if one day he leaves and the man opposite is ready and ready – then he will refuse.
Until then, we can enjoy the emotional embrace tomorrow, before and after the game.
Also, there are three points to win and we need to go and get them!
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