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Steven Gerrard says he'll never be like Jurgen Klopp..

Steven Gerrard explains why he'll 'never be Jurgen Klopp' having worked with him

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Steven Gerrard certainly raised a few eyebrows when he agreed to take on the Rangers job heading into this season.

The Liverpool legend appeared to be in line as Jurgen Klopp's successor, having had a successful start to coaching with the club's U-18 side.

While he almost certainly still has his sights set on the role at Anfield, the move to Rangers remains an enormous risk.

The monopoly that Celtic now hold on the titles in Scotland mean that delivering what Rangers fans naturally want is an impossible-looking task for even the most experienced coaches.

For that, Gerrard immediately demands respect, although it remains to be seen if it ends up being the right decision.

The Rangers boss has given up an enviable position at Anfield - one that most young coaches would be thrilled to have.

And Gerrard recently gave an interview explaining exactly what the experience was like and why he could never be like Klopp.

"I was like a sponge, watching and learning," Gerrard told the Guardian. "I watch him on TV and see how he handles situations. I could never be Jurgen with his charisma and energy.

"But if I can take a few things from him it will be such a help. And if I text, call or see him, Jurgen's always got time for me.

Gerrard says he was 'like a sponge' when working under Klopp.

"Jurgen's really good at switching off. When the game is on he's very emotional but once it's over he can park the emotion.

"That's why he's so good at handling the pressure. After cup finals and a big setback he'll be the one to start the party."

Perhaps Gerrard has offered a little insight into his move away from Anfield there - while he can pick lots up from Klopp, ultimately, he's going to be a different kind of coach and he needs to find his own path.

And if he succeeds at Rangers, that path will surely lead straight back to Liverpool.

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Steven Gerrard
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