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'That's Easy' - Jurgen Klopp Names One Football Legend He Would Have Loved To Manage In His Career

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'That's Easy' - Jurgen Klopp Names One Football Legend He Would Have Loved To Manage In His Career

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard would be the “easy” choice for the player that he wishes he could have managed.

Gerrard spent the majority of his playing career with Liverpool and lifted a Champions League, a UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

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The 41-year-old Premier League legend called it time on his Liverpool career in 2015 and went on to briefly play for LA Galaxy before announcing his retirement in 2016.

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Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015 and replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager, only months after Gerrard had made his exit from Anfield.

The Liverpool manager has enjoyed success in both England and Germany and managed plenty of world-class talent, including Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah.

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Klopp, who marked his six-year anniversary with Liverpool this week, didn’t mince his words when it came to Gerrard being the player that he would love to have managed.

When asked which player from the history of football that he wanted to manage, he told This Is Anfield: “That’s easy. It’s Stevie.

“When we played in Sydney three or four years ago and after the season we didn’t have a proper team and we invited [Steve] McManaman, [Daniel] Agger, Jamie Carragher and Stevie.

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“To be honest, I knew Liverpool and I saw him playing, of course, but a little bit advanced age group wise but they were all really good. But Stevie, what a player he still was then! I think he was already retired but maybe a youth coach here. Incredible.

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“Stevie and me together in the roles, he as the man on the pitch and me as a coach that would have been nice. So it’s Stevie.

“Six years ago, it would have been a different answer but now I’m here and I know him as a person and as a player so that’s now an easy answer.”

Gerrard, who has been tipped to succeed Klopp at Anfield, spent time at Liverpool as a youth coach before he was appointed manager of Rangers in 2018.

The Liverpool legend lifted his first major piece of silverware as a manager last season after leading Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title.

Featured Image Credit: This Is Anfield/PA

Topics: Jurgen Klopp, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, England, Premier League, Football

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