Jurgen Klopp tells fans to forget about Steven Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday after an illustrious 18-year career.

It's only been two days but already people are touting Gerrard to become a coach within the game, having already met with with MK Dons about becoming their new manager.

But Jurgen Klopp has come out and admitted that there are impossible pressures facing today's current stars who are expected to retire from the game and immediately prove they are world-class coaches.

Klopp has admitted that while learning his trade at Mainz, he slipped under the radar and was able to focus on becoming as good as he could be because there was little expectation on him due to not coming off the back of a highly-publicised career.

“In the first few years at Mainz, if I was training naked no-one would have seen it – even if I didn’t do that,” the Liverpool manager joked.

Along with Gerrard, the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have all retired in recent years - the latter proving that this managerial lark isn't all fun and games after his troubled spell at Spanish giants Valencia.

And Klopp has highlighted Patrick Vieira as the perfect example of a brilliant player that has retired, and earned his right to manage a team by experiencing management at Academy level at Manchester City.


He now manages MLS side New York City and has been touted as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

“Maybe you can help create more English managers in England in the future if they can start working at the beginning and not in the middle or the end,” Klopp said.

“In my career, we had no-one around and could fight for a little bit, without public interest — especially in Mainz. But I can’t change this for all of them,” he says of Gerrard.

“In Manchester, it is the same with Giggs. 'Where will he go next?' If you want these guys on the bench, let them work and don’t handle them as the players they were before."


His reference comes from the fear that the likes of Gerrard will get a manager's job instantly and ultimately flop like Neville, which could lead to the experience putting off the Liverpool legend from stepping into a hot seat once more.

It is likely that Gerrard will look to gain his coaching badges working with the Liverpool Academy and within the England setup alongside his punditry work, over the course of the next few years.

Liverpool fans will be hopeful that Gerrard can prove himself, and eventually end up becoming manager of the club he represented for 17 years.


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