Steven Gerrard gave his thoughts on Jurgen Klopp’s new Liverpool contract on Friday. The Reds’ legend is a potential replacement.
Jurgen Klopp committed his long-term future to Liverpool this week, signing a contract extension until 2026. His previous deal was set to expire in 2024, meaning this is an extra two years of the boss.
It’s fantastic, unexpected news for the club. There will be the benefits on the pitch, of course, but also with transfers and current stars who thrive under Klopp. It’s difficult to see a single negative here.
One person who could perhaps find a negative with it, though, is former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. He’s a natural successor to Klopp, after all, and likely had eyes on the job if the German left in 2024.
That’s now very unlikely to happen and this deal postpones Gerrard from his dream job, at the very least. So how has he taken the news? Exactly as you’d expect, in all honesty.
Steven Gerrard on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool contract
“All the Liverpool fans all over the world are absolutely delighted with the news,” said Gerrard, per the Mirror. “Congratulations to Jurgen and his staff. It will be Liverpool’s most important signing for many years to come.
“That is how highly we all think of him. He certainly deserves it. The fans have been craving that signing for some time. He has built a world-class team. Liverpool are on the cusp of something really special.”
Despite managing other clubs, Gerrard has never really hidden the fact that he remains a Liverpool fan. In fact, he openly calls himself one and has again here.
The former no.8 has always given off the impression that he just wants what’s best for Liverpool, even if he’d take the job in a heartbeat. What’s best for Liverpool is unquestionably prolonging Klopp’s stay, though.
And who knows, come 2026, perhaps Gerrard is in an even better position to take over. We’ll just have to wait and see.