Klopp: This is who I would love to be the next Liverpool manager
By Danny Wright
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he would “love” to see Steven Gerrard replace him as Liverpool manager in the future.
Gerrard, one of the most legendary players to grace the Anfield turf, is currently coaching the Reds’ Under-18 side following his retirement from playing in 2016 after a brief stint with MLS side LA Galaxy.
Klopp now wants to see the 36-year-old rise up the ranks of the backroom staff to one day take the Anfield hot seat.
“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,” said the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss to the Times.
“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.
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“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.”
Gerrard made 710 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions and scored 186 goals.
He was part of the historic 2005 Champions League winning side and also lifted two FA Cups, three league cups and one UEFA Cup.
The former midfielder earned 114 caps for England and is now taking a shot at coaching with a view to one day managing.
Klopp has been in charge at Anfield since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015 but has not quite reached the lofty heights that were expected of him.
However that can change of Sunday as the Reds look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since Rodgers left.
A win against Middlesbrough will be enough for Liverpool to secure a top four finish but Arsenal remain hot on their heels and face Everton at the Emirates in their final game of the campaign.
In other Liverpool news, a defensive colossus has headed to Merseyside despite strong interest from Tottenham.