Jurgen Klopp has revealed that when he leaves Liverpool, he would love club legend Steven Gerrard to become their next manager.
Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers as Reds manager in October 2015, and although he has yet to add to the club’s illustrious honours list, he is certainly making the right impression. If they avoid defeat at home to relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League season tomorrow (Sunday), they will secure a top-four place and a return to the UEFA Champions League.
The German coach will then enter the transfer market in the summer for quality additions to his squad as he looks to take the next step towards ending a 27-year wait for the title. And this is an ambition the 49-year-old will certainly have during his time on Merseyside which, when it comes to an end, he would love academy coach and club legend Gerrard to succeed him in charge.
“It’s perfect that we can involve Steven,” said Klopp ahead of the crunch final game of the campaign. “What a guy, he’s fantastic. He was one of the world’s best footballers ever. 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. The future of this club needs legends like Steven Gerrard in decisive positions.”
Gerrard came through the youth ranks at his local club and went on to make 710 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 186 times. Although one of his huge regrets is not being able to lead the Reds to the title, he was integral to their success in winning two FA Cups, three League Cups, a Uefa Cup and, most memorable of all, the 2005 Champions League in Istanbul.