Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the “door is always open” for Steven Gerrard to return to the club in a coaching role.
The former Reds captain announced his retirement from professional football earlier today, ending an illustrious 18-year playing career which started at Anfield back in 1998.
“The door is always open for him,” says Klopp. “From our side, if he wants to make whichever career change from his former career, then we want to help him.
“In life you need space to jump into the next thing that is new.
“He was a young player and now he will be a young whatever. I’m the wrong person to talk about it.”
Klopp was then asked where Gerrard rated among the top players in the world, prompting a cutting response. “How many do you have?” he replied. “Is Pele involved? Is Franz Beckenbauer involved? Is Johan Cruyff involved? Where should I start and end?
“He is a top player but it is not important what I think, it is important what the people think. I like him as a person. I saw him once playing live in a stadium when we lost with Dortmund here 5-0. It was not my best experience and that is all. But stop using me for stories about Steven Gerrard. You don’t need me.
“If you want to write a story about him write it because he deserved it. I will give him all the help I can if he wants, that is 100% sure but stop talking here because it will not help Steven and it will not help me.”