Jurgen Klopp tips Steven Gerrard to come back after his dismissal from Aston Villa as he reveals he has already spoken to the Liverpool legend – urging him to ‘take time and recharge’ for his next job
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Steven Gerrard after his Villa sacking
- Klopp spoke to Gerrard shortly after the news and gave him some wisdom
- The German urged Gerrard to take his time and then return stronger
- He insists it “happens to the best managers” and said “it’s how you react that matters”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp supported club legend Steven Gerrard after his sacking from Aston Villa – revealing that he had spoken to the ex-midfielder and urged him to ‘take time and recharge’.
Gerrard was knocked out for the first time in his coaching career on Thursday night after Villa’s dismal 3-0 loss to Fulham, with the club’s hierarchy acting quickly after being left furious by the team’s display.
The 42-year-old is now looking forward to the next chapter in his managerial journey, but Klopp – who left Liverpool four months after Gerrard left the club in 2015 – insists he is ‘not concerned’ about his progress and that there will be layoffs will be made. to ‘the best managers’ in the game.
Jurgen Klopp has backed Steven Gerrard to respond to his dismissal by Aston Villa
The Liverpool boss (R) said he wasn’t worried about Gerrard and said it happens to the best of people
Klopp spoke ahead of his side’s clash against Nottingham Forest this weekend: “I’m sure he will come back from that. We haven’t met much over the years for various reasons – first he was in America and then he worked in the academy.
“I always followed him, we had a little exchange this morning, but nothing too deep or a long talk. I can imagine it’s a disappointment for him because of the ambitions he had.
“We don’t have to worry about Stevie, he’s known the game long enough to make things like this happen. We all get hit. It’s about how you react.
“It happens to great managers out there, some had to leave their club for different reasons – some of the best managers. They often show up and learn from it in a better situation.’
He urged the former Rangers boss to take a moment to recharge before his next job
Klopp also said he wants Gerrard to spend some time with his family and make a full recovery before stepping back into management. Rangers the following year.
It was with Liverpool Academy that Gerrard and Klopp grew closer as the young coach began to shadow the German and his first-team work.
“He will come back 100 per cent,” Klopp added. “I hope he needs some time, because since he ended his career, he works all the time. He should use it for himself to recharge.’
Gerrard has not yet faced Klopp’s Liverpool this season, but the Reds defeated his side 2-1 at Villa Park at the end of last season.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said his close friend was aware of the ‘brutal’ nature of the job before he was sacked on Thursday night
It comes after Gerrard’s close friend and ex-Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher also spoke out about his sacking.
“You can always look at the players, but every manager knows that when they get a job, if the players aren’t performing at their best, it’s the manager who’s going to carry the can,” former Reds defender Carragher told Sky Sports. News.
“Stevie knows that all too well. I’m sure he will be disappointed with certain performances, both by individuals and by the team.
“But when you go into management, you know the price on the ticket – and if the results aren’t good or if the players let you down or don’t perform, it’s the manager who carries the can.
“It always is and that’s the brutal part of football management.”