Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool could be about to start a new 'Golden Era' under Jurgen Klopp, but only if they can triumph against Sevilla to win the Europa League.
The Reds will be attempting to win their first major piece of silverware since 2012 on Wednesday night but must overcome the double holding champions first.
Lifting the trophy would not just be a significant achievement for the Reds and earn them qualification to the Champions League, but would also cap off a promising first season in charge for Jurgen Klopp.
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The German only took over from Brendan Rodgers in October but has already led them to two finals and, while their finish position in the Premier League was nothing to shout about (eighth), there is plenty to be excited about next season.
Indeed, a number of pundits have already tipped Liverpool to be there or thereabouts in the title race and now Gerrard has suggested something similar. He believes winning the Europa League could act as a catalyst for a new era of success at Anfield.
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"A European trophy [would mean] a place in history for all those players and the sense they are at the beginning of a new era under one of the greatest coaches of his generation," the Anfield favourite wrote in the Telegraph.
"There would be such a buzz around the club and the city, the lads and supporters will already be counting down the days until pre-season and you can guarantee all the talk next August will be about what is next for Jurgen Klopp’s side – a possible title bid.
"With the calibre of player they can attract, and Champions League qualification, there will be confidence Liverpool can challenge."
Wish you were there
Gerrard, of course, only just missed out on the chance to play under Klopp having left for LA Galaxy in the summer before his arrival.
He has since started brightly in in the MLS but admitted he would love to be back in the famous red shirt when they take to the pitch at the St Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel.
"I would love to be on the pitch playing in the final," he told BT Sport.
Similar to Gerrard, Klopp has called on his Liverpool players to become "legends" by lifting the trophy, saying it will be a story they can tell their grandchildren.
"It is a wonderful story to tell your grandchildren when you are old about being a Liverpool legend," Klopp said.
"How it feels to be a Liverpool legend I have no idea - but it is one of the best things you can feel in football. You win it, you get the trophy, you are then a European champion and you have to work with it."
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