‘Steven Gerrard. That’s easy’: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool legend would be one retired player he’d sign today… but former midfielder would have to ‘fight’ to get into his current starting XI
- Jurgen Klopp named Steven Gerrard as the retired player he would sign today
- The Anfield great left the club just a few months before Klopp took charge
- The 52-year-old joked Gerrard may have to ‘fight’ to get into today’s side
Jurgen Klopp has named Steven Gerrard as the retired Liverpool player he would most like to sign in their prime today, but joked he would have to work hard to get into the current team.
The former midfielder is an all-time Anfield great but left Liverpool at the end of the 2014-15 season, just months before the popular manager took the hotseat.
Klopp has since overseen a remarkably successful time for Liverpool which saw them crowned Champions League winners last season before all-but securing the club’s first Premier League title for 30 years this season.
Jurgen Klopp says Steven Gerrard is a retired Liverpool player he would most like to sign
Klopp was asked which retired Liverpool player he would most like to bring back
With football currently halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German had time to appear on BT Sport’s UCL Throwbacks and had just one player in mind when asked if he could have a player from Liverpool’s illustrious past in his current side.
‘Steven Gerrard. That’s easy’, Klopp told presenter Jake Humphrey.
Gerrard was a mainstay in the Liverpool midfield throughout his career but Klopp suggested his place in the team may not quite be a given, adding ‘Stevie would have to fight for it.’
Klopp says he would bring Gerrard back but he would have to ‘fight’ to get into today’s team
The 52-year-old went on to reveal he has met the now-Rangers manager several times during their exercise routines in lockdown, whilst also revealing interactions with another Liverpool icon.
Klopp is known to regularly immerse himself amongst the city but revealed he has never bumped into the hero until lockdown, where they have crossed paths several times.
The Liverpool manager appeared on BT Sport as football continues to be stopped to a halt
‘So the funny part is to be four and a half years in the same town I met him never before. Since the lockdown I’ve met him six or seven different times. I go for a dog walk or run or whatever and he has a walk with the family,’ Klopp added.
‘One day I was on the phone with Gerard Houllier and met Steven Gerrard in the same moment, so that was really cool! These kind of things happen only in lockdown so some positive things happened for me as well.’
Klopp revealed he has caught up with former Liverpool boss Gerrard Houllier during lockdown