Steven Gerrard has revealed he had spoken at size with Jurgen Klopp previous to taking the job at Rangers.
It comes as Liverpool look determined of their bid to land a spot within the prime 4 of the Premier League after a depressing marketing campaign.
Regardless of profitable the league at a canter final yr, this time period has proved rather more troublesome – with a interval of six Anfield defeats in a row wrecking their season.
It’s now an uphill wrestle to verify Champions League soccer on Merseyside going into the brand new marketing campaign – a place unthinkable this time final yr.
North of the border, the image couldn’t be extra completely different for Rangers.
With Gerrard on the helm, they’ve damaged Celtic’s monopoly of the Scottish Premiership and landed their first title in 10 years.
They usually have carried out so in astonishing trend, blitzing groups with 85 targets in 36 matches and going unbeaten to this point – profitable 30 of them video games.
They sit 23 factors away from their Glasgow rivals, beating them 4-1 on the weekend to rub salt into the injuries.
It began in 2018 when Gerrard took over, his first managerial function, and has culminated on this good season for the Gers however the Liverpool legend will at all times keep in mind the discuss he had with Klopp previous to taking the reins at Ibrox.
He advised Sky Sports activities : “I keep in mind having a dialog with Jurgen about administration earlier than I even took this function – ‘what are among the key issues you may inform me? What can I take from you that may assist me transferring ahead?’
“He at all times mentioned to try to be as balanced as you may. Now I do know precisely why he mentioned that.
“As a result of this journey takes you all over – unimaginable emotions, however it has additionally taken me down as effectively.”
There was discuss that Gerrard might take a job within the Premier League, with potential openings at Crystal Palace and Burnley.
However the former midfielder has insisted he has been “blown away” by Rangers at their stature – notably on the European stage.
“I knew it was massive however you educate your self much more,” he mentioned.
“You hearken to ex-players, supporters, individuals who have labored on the coaching floor and Ibrox over a few years, and also you get extra schooling when it comes to the scale and magnitude.
“I at all times knew it was an establishment however once you go away on European video games and are concerned in Previous Corporations, and also you’re sampling it for your self, this membership has actually blown me away when it comes to dimension and stature.”