20th April 2017
Jürgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard shared the same reaction to the suggestion of joining forces for Liverpool’s post-season game in Sydney: ‘Fantastic!’
The Reds travel out to Australia next month for a match against A-League side Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday May 24 – and the friendly is set to create a first in LFC history.
Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman will also feature on the pitch for the first team as part of a unique concept inspired by the club’s upcoming 125th anniversary.
Gerrard’s response when asked to play in the game was as immediate as it was unequivocal, and Klopp cannot wait for the unexpected opportunity to manage the Reds icon.
“If somebody would have told me a few years ago that I would be the manager of Steven Gerrard, I would have said ‘Yes!’ It’s fantastic,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The best thing you could have seen was the eyes of Stevie when I told him – or asked him, actually, what he would think about it. ‘You want me to play?!’ I thought I would have to convince him… he said ‘Yes, of course, when?’
“It’s really nice. He is a 100 per cent football player and of course a 100 per cent LFC player. He is really looking forward to it, and I think the same.