Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool are struggling to replace talismanic former captain Steven Gerrard but categorically ruled out a loan return for the midfielder in the near future.
As per Sky Sports, Klopp hinted that it would be impossible for his current crop to fill the void left by Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy this summer as the ex-England skipper was so influential.
The obvious void
Gerrard played his last game for Liverpool on the final day of last season before leaving Anfield for the MLS. That move wrapped up 17 seasons on Merseyside for the 34-year-old, leaving quite the hole both in the dressing room and on the pitch.
"It's the first year after Stevie -- the dominant player of the last 20 years and then he went out of the dressing room," Klopp said.
"How could the players immediately fill this gap, how could they do it? They start and they all try, but these are young lads.
"It's not an excuse, it's only to describe the situation. That's all the things that we're working on."
Life after Gerrard
Naturally the man many believed to be Gerrard’s successor is Jordan Henderson, although he’s struggled with injuries for most of this campaign.
In his absence, there hasn’t really been a go-to man in the heart of the Reds’ midfield who has cut an inspiring figure, even if asking for Gerrardesque showings is a bit much.
The right thing
That said, Klopp’s decision not to call upon Gerrard as a loan signing looks to be a wise one. The German’s regime is all about breathing fresh life into what had become a stagnant pool at Anfield and opting to reintroduce a veteran to the fold could slow the pace.
"I'm a very optimistic guy, but Stevie has another year's contract in Los Angeles," Klopp added.
"No [he will definitely not be coming back on loan], but if we can help him with whatever, we will do it, of course."
Liverpool fans, what do you think? Are you missing Gerrard? Was it right that Klopp decided not to have him on loan? Let us know in the comments box provided.