Jurgen Klopp has revealed the return of Steven Gerrard has given everyone at Liverpool a boost as they prepare to take on Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
The former Reds captain was invited to train at Melwood following the conclusion of LA Galaxy's season in the MLS. He only left in the summer, bringing an end to a 17-year stint at Anfield.
But despite the fact he has only been gone since June, the players were still delighted to see Gerrard back in a Liverpool training kit as they prepare for their match against the Saints.
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"It's a good situation. Everybody had a smile on their face when they saw Stevie," Klopp told reporters in his pre-match press conference.
"It's good to have him here and we hope we can help him, and he can help us for sure with being in the dressing room. It's cool."
It had originally been claimed that Gerrard could return to Liverpool on a temporary loan arrangement, similar to the one Thierry Henry had with Arsenal while at New York Red Bulls.
Those suggestions were quickly dismissed, but Klopp has always been certain Gerrard could contribute plenty on the training ground and was delighted to welcome him back.
Unsurprisingly, Klopp was asked whether or not he is tempted to bring the 35-year-old back in a playing capacity after seeing him in action. The German's mindset remains unchanged, but he admitted he was surprised with how fit the former England captain was.
The full press conference
"He won't play (against Southampton), but he was in good shape!" Klopp joked. "I said to the team before training, when Stevie was with us in the dressing room, that it's completely normal and it should always be like this - if you're a player like Steven Gerrard in Liverpool then the doors always have to be open. That's how it is at this moment.
"For us, it's a good situation because he was a very important player at this club, and at this moment he is a very important player because he is in training."
Here are some photos of Gerrard in action:
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