Steven Gerrard predicts Liverpool victory in Europa League final

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Steven Gerrard will not be anywhere near Switzerland when Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening.

The former Reds captain has regularly been seen on BT Sport acting as a pundit this season but is now focussed on doing his day job with LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Thanks to the significant time difference, Gerrard is likely to be in the middle of his morning training session when the game kicks off at St Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel.


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However, the veteran midfielder still found time to talk to BT Sport ahead of the game, connecting via Skype to share his latest views on the Merseyside outfit.

During that conversation, Gerrard admitted he would love to be playing in the final or at least amongst the players as they prepared for the biggest night of their season. He also stuck his neck out and gave a prediction for the score. Take a look at what he said below:

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"I would love to be on the pitch playing in the final," he told BT Sport.

"In better circumstances, I would love to be sitting alongside the boys but I'll still be watching and hopefully they can get a good victory. I think they'll have the firepower to get over the line."

Asked for his prediction, Gerrard responded: "Liverpool to win 2-1."

Klopp's revolution

Lifting the Europa League trophy would cap an impressive first season for Jurgen Klopp, who only took over in October but has led the team to two major cup finals already. However, while Liverpool have produced some amazing results, they have also had their fair share of problems.

Not only have they suffered notable defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea, they have also had to endure multiple injury problems. But Gerrard, who trained with Liverpool over the Christmas period, believes Klopp's style of play is already shining through and says his former team-mates are buying into his philosophies.

"I can actually see the signs in the games that I saw when I was training around Christmas," he added.

"That high-tempo style is coming into fruition now and the lads are playing really well and they're a very difficult team to play against.

"I think everyone is buying into it because they've experienced the results and benefits from it. They've had to adapt and have picked up a lot of injuries but they're starting to get used to him and are confident going out and getting results. I think they'll have the firepower to get over the line."

Sturridge problems

However, one notable player who is believed to be struggling under Klopp is striker Daniel Sturridge. The England international appears to be at odds with the German manager over his apparent aversion to fatigue and has been linked with a move away as a result.

Here's what Gerrard had to say on Sturridge:

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