Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield revolution seemingly involves hearkening back to the not-so-distant past.
The Independent is reporting that the Liverpool boss has been having conversations with Steven Gerrard about a Merseyside return.
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That will not likely include playing for the Reds, of course, but having the 35-year-old train with the club to show the younger players how it’s done.
Of course, this ignores that many of them trained with him last year, but we digress.
Klopp has spoken to the former captain several times on the telephone since arriving at Anfield last month. The manager is now convinced that Gerrard’s presence will help define the standards of professionalism he expects around Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground.
Although Klopp has so far only debated the possibility of Gerrard training with Liverpool until 15 January when he is due back in the United States to rejoin Los Angeles Galaxy for pre-season, there is a chance of a formal playing agreement being brokered.
(And that chance is about the same as the Internet running out of web space).
Although MLS experiments being cut short is nothing new — see: Maloney, Shaun — it’s very difficult to believe the latter part.
It would be crazy for Klopp to invite the “should Gerrard play/start?” debate back into the fold considering what it did to Brendan Rodgers on a weekly basis (even if Gerrard’s struggles were largely overblown, especially in possession where the Englishman was strong).