Date published: Friday 19th May 2017 10:15
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is determined to put the “fantastic” Steven Gerrard on the right path to his first job in management.
Gerrard returned to Anfield in February as an Academy coach in a move that has given the legend the opportunity to enhance his coaching skills and development.
And Klopp has revealed that he feels a sense of responsibility to safeguard the club’s future and wants to help Gerrard to succeed him as the next manager of Liverpool.
“It’s perfect that we can involve Steven,” Klopp told The Times. “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.
“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. I’m privileged to be manager. I see all the pictures of Shankly, Paisley and so on.
“I felt from the first moment I came here it’s a big honour. I can’t stop thinking about it. Yes, there’s pressure but pressure is no problem. I came here because I can deal with pressure. We can imagine how many people started at the same point and I am here. Since I was 33 [when he stopped playing, and became coach at Mainz], I can do the only thing I’m really good at, and that’s a privilege.”