Rangers boss Steven Gerrard weighs in on Jurgen Klopp Liverpool crisis with FSG message

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has made it clear to the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group that Jurgen Klopp is the right man to manage the Reds for the foreseeable future, distancing himself from his “dream” job for the time-being.

Klopp is enduring his first real crisis at Anfield with Liverpool having lost all of their last six Premier League matches on home soil.

The reigning Premier League champions had previously gone 68 Anfield games unbeaten in the English top flight across a spell of nearly four years.

But their losing streak, and the fact they have only won 10 of 36 points in 2021, has seen them slip out of title contention and down into eighth.

Their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the league hang by a thread given seven points separate them and fourth-placed Chelsea with 10 games to go.

Klopp is under pressure internally with Liverpool’s owners convinced the Champions League and title-winning German manager is the perfect coach to have at the helm.

And Gerrard agrees with the Boston-based group, insisting to John W Henry and Tom Werner and co that he should not be considered a replacement any time soon.

The 40-year-old is in charge of Rangers who were crowned the Scottish Premiership champions for the first time in a decade at the weekend, denying rivals Celtic the unprecedented feat of 10 in a row in the process.

That has seen some suggestions that Gerrard will be called upon if for some reason Klopp leaves Liverpool any time soon.

But the former captain, who led Liverpool to the Champions League and FA Cup almost single handedly in 2005 and 2006, said to ITV Scotland: “We have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute.

“I love him. I hope he stays for a few more years. I’ve got a job here and I don’t think it’s helpful to talk about this.

“I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years. Liverpool is my club. I had a great journey.

“Is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is, but not yet and who’s to say I’ll ever be good enough.

“There’s a lot of managers on this planet, we need to respect Jurgen first and foremost.”

Klopp, who is under contract at Liverpool until 2024 and has been in charge since October 2015, had been tipped as an option for the German Football Association (DFB) when they come to replace Joachim Low later this year.

It was announced on Tuesday that Low will end his 15-year association with the German national team after the upcoming European Championship.

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But speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League last 16 second leg against RB Leipzig, Klopp ruled out the idea of replacing Low as the head coach of Die Mannschaft.

He said: “If I’m available for the job? No. After the summer, no. Jogi Low did an incredible job – he’s the longest servant we’ve ever had in Germany. He did an incredible job.

“I understand he wants to have this highlight with the European Championship and squeeze everything out he can in the tournament, then someone else will do the job, I’m sure. I’m sure the German FA will find a solution.

“I have three years left [on my contract] at Liverpool this summer, don’t I?. That’s a simple statement. It’s a simple situation.

“You sign a contract and you try and stick to that contract, don’t you? I had contracts in Mainz and Dortmund where I stuck with them even though there was interest from other Bundesliga teams with more money.”

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