Steven Gerrard has praised Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and believes that he is the man to take the Reds to another level. The Reds legend, who moved to the MLS following the end of last season, insists he has no doubt over the influence the former Borussia Dortmund manager must have on his players in the dressing room.
Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield but has not found life as easy going as he would have liked thus far, with consistency being a major miss in their outings thus far. Impressive wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Southampton were immediately followed by deplorable performances against Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, which has left the fans in two minds over their future aspirations from the season.
The Reds currently find themselves in the ninth spot, 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, but only five behind Manchester United, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League position. Gerrard, who was part of the Liverpool squad that went perilously close to ending their title drought in 2014, believes that with Klopp they have a man for the long haul and one who can inspire the team to reach greater heights by the end of the season.
"I had coffee with him and when I came out of the room I just felt happy," he told the London Evening Standard. "I felt taller. And I am not one of the players so I can only imagine what he has done to those players in the dressing room.
"The atmosphere at the club is brilliant. The players are buzzing around the training ground and there are smiles all over the place. I think he has lifted the whole place. He wants to be around players who are enjoying it. He does not want players to be tense, worried or concerned. He wants to take all that pressure on his shoulders.
"I love the way he handles players individually, I love the way he handles his team and I am all over his tactics. I am watching him on the outside but I also get to work with him so it is a brilliant experience for me — as a Liverpool supporter, an ex-player, a pundit and also for my future as well. I am loving it."
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