Klopp keen to get Ger­rard back to An­field

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JUR­GEN KLOPP will hold talks with for­mer Liver­pool cap­tain Steven Ger­rard af­ter the 36-year-old mid­fielder ap­peared to an­nounce his de­par­ture from the LA Gal­axy at the end of the cur­rent Ma­jor League Soccer sea­son.

Ger­rard’s com­ments are bound to fuel spec­u­la­tion that the highly pop­u­lar Liverpudlian could re­turn to play for the club he first rep­re­sented 18 years ago and for whom he made over 500 ap­pear­ances.

Klopp has pre­vi­ously in­di­cated that such a pos­si­bil­ity would not be re­al­is­tic for the vet­eran al­though, fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 2-1 vic­tory over West Bromwich Al­bion, the Liver­pool man­ager de­clined to ex­plain ex­actly what role could await a player who also made 114 Eng­land ap­pear­ances in one of the most suc­cess­ful ca­reers of the modern foot­ball era.

“Ste­vie Ger­rard is al­ways so wel­come at Liver­pool FC, you can’t imag­ine how wel­come,” said Klopp af­ter his team’s win at An­field.

“So there is ab­so­lutely no prob­lem. But any­thing we have, or will, speak about, stays (be­tween us). That’s how I know Ste­vie, that’s how I am.

“But no­body should be wor­ried that there is no space for Ger­rard. Ev­ery­thing will be fine, 100%.”

While it is un­der­stood Ger­rard is keen to pur­sue a coach­ing ca­reer, it is be­lieved that such a po­si­tion will not be avail­able un­der Klopp and that an am­bas­sado­rial role is the one likely to be on of­fer now to the An­field great.

Ger­rard, in an Instagram post, said: “Liv­ing in Los An­ge­les and play­ing for the great Gal­axy sup­port­ers has been a priv­i­lege. You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in my heart. Thank you.”

Mean­while, beaten West Brom man­ager Tony Pulis said Klopp could im­prove on the ef­forts of his pre­de­ces­sor Bren­dan Rodgers, who was nar­rowly beaten to the ti­tle in 2014, and end Liver­pool’s 27-year wait to be crowned cham­pi­ons of Eng­land.

“They’re a good side,” said Pulis. “Their front five are as good as any­thing in the League.

“They’ve got a free run at it this year. They’re not in Europe which is drain­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of what peo­ple say, I’ve been there my­self. So they have a free run.

“The last time they came close, with Bren­dan, they had a free run as well and they have a free run at it this year,” he added.

Klopp saw his team edge closer to the top of the ta­ble with first-half goals against West Brom from Sa­dio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, only for a late con­so­la­tion ef­fort from Gareth McAu­ley to deny his team the two clear goals they needed to go above lead­ers Arse­nal.

“Who wants to be top in Oc­to­ber?” said Klopp. “Okay, it was a lit­tle bit of a joke but we have 20 points and it was not pos­si­ble to have more tonight, so that’s okay.

“Maybe not hav­ing clean sheets is just part of our game, I don’t know. It’s not a big prob­lem. De­fend­ing is, first of all, about not let­ting them cre­ate a lot of chances and I can’t re­mem­ber a lot of chances the last few games.

“In dreamland, then you al­ways win 4 or 5-0 and then the crowd can go home a lit­tle bit ear­lier to do some­thing more se­ri­ous but I ac­tu­ally think this game cre­ated one of the best chances we have had here be­cause it was ex­cit­ing un­til the end.

“It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to be sat­is­fied with any foot­ball game and, at 2-1, it keeps you more awake than at 4-0. That’s just how it is. Maybe in this mo­ment we’re not ex­pe­ri­enced enough in a sit­u­a­tion like this.” – AFP

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