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Jurgen Klopp gives his thoughts on Steven Gerrard's start to life at Rangers

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Steven Gerrard's unbeaten start to his managerial career was brought to a halt at the last place he'd have wanted it to happen: Celtic Park.

The 1-0 defeat his Rangers side suffered against their great rivals came thirteen games into the season and leaves the team in 7th heading into the international break.

Any better result would surely have been hailed as magnificent, however, and the slender victory is certainly an improvement on the 4-0 and 5-0 losses at the ground earlier this year.

All in all, one defeat in thirteen games isn't bad for a coach in his first senior role, with Gerrard having spent last season coaching Liverpool's under-18 side.

The huge step up in pressure hasn't come without problems that need ironing out, however, with too many drawn games and a worrying four red cards already.

One man who will certainly have been watching Gerrard's job closely is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who worked behind the scenes with the Anfield legend last season.

And now Klopp has given his thoughts on exactly how well Gerrard is getting on - and what his job really has to be about in Scotland.

"He made a brilliant start at Ibrox, then he lost against Celtic - wow, what a surprise!" he said. "Celtic are the top team in the league but it’s not like they were 50 or 60 per cent better than Rangers like they have been in the last few years.

"Rangers are getting closer and that’s the only way to get them one day - that’s Steven’s job but so far it’s more than good."

Steven Gerrard was finally beaten at Celtic Park last weekend.

As for whether Gerrard has asked Klopp for any advice, the German feels none is needed right now.

"When I started out as a manager I didn’t ask for advice because I didn’t know who to ask," said Klopp.

"Steven doesn’t ask because he doesn’t have to. We are in contact, but not for advice."

It's praise that's got to feel good for an inexperienced manager - and certainly reassuring.

Alfredo Morelos has been sent off twice this season.

Gerrard may still have some work to do but his start has been on that has laid a decent foundation to build on, with Rangers looking hard-working and tactically disciplined, even if they have got carried away with tackles and reactions.

He's jumped into a very high-pressure job and one that demands he learns fast but the fact that he's impressing Klopp so much suggests he's got what it takes to meet those demands.

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Steven Gerrard
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