Steven Gerrard has taken a trip down memory lane on a tour of Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.
The former midfield star went to the Reds’ famous training ground every day between the ages of 16 and 35 and looked delighted to be back.
He took a tour to meet the club’s performance analysts, the dinner ladies and then a brief chat in the manager’s office with Jurgen Klopp.
Steven Gerrard has gone on a behind the scenes tour of Liverpool’s Melwood training ground
Though Gerrard is still associated with his former club as the manager of the Under 18 side, his office now is based at the academy in Kirkby.
So it was a blast from the past for the former Liverpool captain as he reacquainted himself with some familiar faces.
He said: ‘There’s still a lot of familiar faces about, I miss this place I’m not going to lie. I do get a special feeling and a buzz coming back. I love the people here, I love the environment and there was no better place to work.
‘People from the outside don’t realise the amount of work and effort that people behind the scenes do, and it’s all for first team results.’
He met with first-team analysts Harrison Kingston and Mark Leyland, described as two of the hardest working people at Melwood.
The former midfielder went to meet with some familiar faces including the first-team analysts
The Under-18 coach had a special hug reserved for the popular kitchen staff at Melwood
They said: ‘For us he was brilliant, it’s always great to have a senior figure in the team who is so open to receiving information that will allow other players to understand and see that as the norm.
Gerrard admitted it was important to be open to their advice: ‘You’ve got to be able to be thick-skinned and be able to deal with criticism. You’ve got to be prepared.’
He was then greeted by kitchen staff members Carol Farrell and Caroline Guest, who he admits always helped cheer him and the team up after a day day at the office.
‘These ladies and people behind the scenes, they don’t change’, said Gerrard.
‘It’s a happy atmosphere and they make you feel at home when you’re at work. The team and individuals can’t play well or deliver results without the wider family of the club.
Gerrard admitted there was a ‘special feeling’ and a ‘buzz’ about returning to Melwood
He admitted the club’s kitchen staff made you feel ‘at home when you’re at work’
‘I don’t think they appreciate or realise the role and the job they do to support first-team players.’
As he then meets with Klopp, the German recounts how he brought everyone in the building together in one of his first acts after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.
Klopp said: ‘My first meeting with the whole team I made them go downstairs in the press room and I brought in all the people working at Melwood. I didn’t know them and was pretty sure a lot of the players didn’t know them as well.
Gerrard also met up with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on his special behind the scenes tour
‘I said, “They all work for you, all day 24 hours, they are there for you whatever you do, however the last result was. It’s important you have a relationship”.
Gerrard added: ‘They’re the people that you miss the most. I was here from 16 to 35 every day, Carol and Caroline, Graham the kit men and stuff, they’re the people you miss on the way out.
‘They are independent of results, that’s really important,’ said Klopp.
‘So much pressure in the business it’s unbelievable. To have this kind of consistency is really important and I love it. We feel as a family.’
Klopp recounted how he brought all the staff in to meet the players on his first day at Melwood
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