Steven Gerrard on training and learning from Jurgen Klopp

on 12.02.2016


Having spent three weeks of the MLS off-season training with the Liverpool squad at Melwood, Steven Gerrard has praised Jurgen Klopp‘s methods.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 24, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard blows a kiss to the supporters as he walks off after his final game for the club, a 6-1 defeat to Stoke City, during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gerrard left Liverpool to join LA Galaxy at the end of 2014/15, ending a 17-year spell in the Reds first team.

But, as a boyhood Red, the 35-year-old retains a strong affection for the club and the city, and joined up with Klopp’s squad to maintain his fitness during the MLS off-season.

This saw Gerrard welcomed by a new manager in Klopp, and nearing the end of his playing career with one eye on a future coaching role, the midfielder said he “took a lot away” from his time at Melwood.

“Tactically, I tried to pick up what he wanted to get out of every player in the team,” he told Melissa Reddy of Goal.com.

“I tried to analyse what would be the qualities he wants to make a successful Jurgen Klopp team.

“I stuffed in as much as I could learn as possible.

“From just those two to three weeks training with the team and doing gym work at Melwood, I could clearly see his principles and how he wants the team to play in the future.”

Klopp’s arrival has prompted a change in emphasis both in training and on the field of play, but Liverpool have so far endured muted form under the German.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Rubin Kazan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gerrard explained how this was to be expected, with his former team-mates needing time to settle into the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s approach.

“Watching the team, I can already see the aspects that are coming off from what we worked on in training but the whole picture will take time,” he continued.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the manager a chance to bring his own players in and have a full pre-season with the team.


“It’s always going to take six-to-12 months for everyone to get used to each other and his exact way of working.

“With just a little bit of patience, I’m sure he’ll be a very successful manager for us and I wish him every bit of luck in the world.”

Gerrard is heading into his second MLS campaign with the Galaxy, but hinted that “there may be one more challenge for me.”

This is unlikely to come in Los Angeles, as the Whiston-born star’s bond with Merseyside is clear; though he won’t return to Liverpool in a playing capacity, a future role alongside Klopp is not beyond the realms of possibility.

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  1. Oh god, no! He’s becoming like the Bono of the football world. Didn’t his return coincide with our massive dip in fortune? Bet Klopp was glad to see him heading back to LA.

      • No love Klopp, cherish the dude. Just wish Gerrard would take his extended farewell tour and bad karma away for a while. Give Klopp the space he needs. Let Gerrard return as a footballing ambassador in due course, earn his coaching stripes in the lower leagues and see where things end up.

  2. Those were the days when we had player like Owen, Torres, gerrard, alonso, saurez used to be among top European player and now most of our players can’t even make it to fantasy football team.

  3. Stevie sold the house to Bodgers, and Bodgers rented that house to Klopp. Bodgers gave money to Stevie, so Stevie praised that clown. Klopp pays rent to Bodgers, so Stevie praised Klopp too. Klopp has praised Bodgers and Stevie as well. Bodgers never had a good word about Klopp, and gave Stevie backhanded compliments. See the bad apple in this eco-system? I hope Klopp stops renting that place and stays away from anything related to Bodgers.

    • Jacinta, you really need to adjust your meds. You really are losing the plot here. Rodgers called Klopp an “inspirational figure” (how many managers invite their replacements to their house to chat?) and completely overhauled a successful 4-3-3 to make room to build on Gerrard’s strengths. Gerrard’s legs were already going, but the tactical shift to the diamond helped our captain get shortlisted for Player of the Year.

      “We mustn’t forget that he’s arguably the best in European football in a controlling role at this moment in time.

      “There’s not many players who can do what he can do – be one of the best attacking midfield players in Europe and then switch to be arguably the best controlling player. You look at the holding players in European football now at the top teams, I wouldn’t swap him for any of them, because of what he can give the team.”

      • Gerrard was no doubt one of the best holding player that season but because of energy of SASASAH. But brogers completely failed to get the best out of him last season. If we had brought in a DM last season or played Can there we could have used gerrard in a more attacking role many games. Every time gerrard got forward he created chances.

      • Thanks May. Sorry if references to Bodgers are boring. I understand he is gone.

        Surely you are aware that Bodgers has been in the media, trying to split the fans and the owners, and trying to “teach Klopp how to defend”? If we are not going to talk about Bodgers, are we going to blame Bodgers’ mess on the owners or Klopp? No. We need to talk about Bodgers’ failure as history teaches us the way to move forward, because we are not done with clearing his mess yet.

      • You’d have to be seven shades of fool to face the world’s media and dis the very men who control your livelihood.

        Of course Stevie supported them. Now, however, he owes LFC nothing and if he praises the man that everyone else is praising then it’s no great surprise. Besides, he will have learnt much from both Roy and Brendan, including what not to do.

        Finally, the best man to get Carra back into the club is someone like Gerrard who can impress Carra’s attributes upon Jurgen and his assistants.

        Good on ya, Stevie and come home to your Anfield family as soon as you can!

  4. I love steve g but every time he predicts summat the opposite happens , it worries that he’s backed klopp !

      • That’s the eternal hope of being a Liverpool supporter. What’s the point if we’re not slightly demented? Our record has been pretty terrible in the last month or two, but I’m still fairly optimistic about next season. Hopefully, we do well in the cups remaining, but I’d be happy if the second half of the season looked like the end of 12/13 after Sturridge and Coutinho arrived – a sense of what was to come (without all the biting people part).

  5. Absolute legend of a player, some of his performances left me open mouthed at times. Sign of a great player – always willing to learn.

  6. Oh dear…Gerrard gives his praise kiss of death!

    Look at it this way.
    A broken clock is right at least twice a day! ?

  7. if he want to be coach i prefer SG start from small team first rather being like giggs in mu number 2 or neville in valencia

    • Doesn’t have the discipline or game awareness of Pirlo. Even at his height, he was positionally naive. Not half the player Xabi was.

  8. I’m not sure where everyone here thinks that Gerrard is “gushing” over Klopp. I guess people hear what the want to.

    Guess which one of these is actually about Klopp.

    A) “I wish I was 24, I wish I’d met Klopp when I was 24 because I think I’d be sitting here talking about a lot of titles that we’d won together.

    “The reality is, Klopp came into this club when I was 35 years of age and it’s a shame that relationship didn’t start 10 years ago.”

    B) “You go out feeling full of confidence and belief. His one-on-one management is the best I’ve known.”

    C) “He was someone I respected and liked: his training sessions were among the best I had ever experienced while his man-management was excellent, generous and imaginative.”

    D) “With just a little bit of patience, I’m sure he’ll be a very successful manager for us.”

    • Exactly. And Joe Cole as good or even better than Messi. I’m not a big fan of Stevie G’s judgment (though he was right about Rodgers) – including brainless straight reds against Man U, slating teammates as a pundit and, the coup de grace, being way too casual as last man and subsequently gifting City the title. Didi Haman turned the Champions’ League final, not Stevie G. Otherwise a good servant to the club

  9. Please for the love of God (or anything else that’s sacred to you), stop talking about Rodgers already! Why keep bringing up the same topics every single article!? Oh, and to whomever it may concern, the word “Bodgers” doesn’t give your point more credibility…if anything, it only lessens it.

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