Klopp hints at Gerrard Liverpool return

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With speculation about Steven Gerrard’s future rife, Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he expects the newly-retired midfielder to return to Liverpool in the near future.

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Following an illustrious career as a player that saw Champions League and FA Cup success, amongst other things, the 36-year-old officially announced his retirement from the professional game on Thursday.

This has already prompted talk over his next move, with some touting the Anfield hero as a future Liverpool manager.

Gerrard recently turned down the vacant manager’s job at MK Dons, meaning a coaching position at the Reds’ academy seems his most likely destination, and Klopp hinted that he would be surprised if such a move didn’t come to pass.

“Nothing is decided at the moment,” he said. “Obviously no one can wait for the moment. Don’t make the period more difficult until something is to be announced.”

Despite the obvious merits of the Reds icon returning to the club in some capacity, though, Klopp also claimed that it remains harder than ever for former stars to make a quick and successful transition into coaching.

“In the first few years at Mainz if I was training naked no one would have seen me,” he added. “I didn’t do that by the way. When people accept you will make mistakes it helps. The best thing at Mainz was we could learn everything from doing things right and wrong.”

“We had no one around and we could fight for a little bit without public interest, especially in Mainz. I can’t change this for all of them. In Manchester it is the same with [Ryan] Giggs.

“Where will he go next? If you want these guys on the bench, let them work and don’t handle them as the players they were before. That is a little advice from a very average football player.”

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