Steven Gerrard says he is “excited” about Liverpool’s future under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.
Gerrard, who spent time at Melwood training recently during the MLS off season, is wary not to pile too much pressure on the German tactician, but he was mightily impressed with Klopp’s way of working.
“It’s difficult to compare the team I left with the team now as it’s a new manager and a completely different coaching staff,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“Having trained there for a couple of weeks, I’m excited, upbeat and positive.
“I was a big fan of Klopp before he came but having been around him for a couple of weeks and seeing how he is with individual players and his tactics and how he goes about the job, I think that given time and with a bit of patience and time to add to the XI and the squad you can get excited.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure or too much expectations in there because if I say the wrong thing that adds pressure to him and the team and that’s not fair.
“But as a fan and as an ex-player going in for a few weeks, I loved the experience. It was a big learning experience for me. I was training as a fan and an ex-player but also looking to get a few little tips for my own future.
“Just to be around a manager who I have a big respect for – it was a great few weeks for me. I was a bit wary about whether to do it or not because I didn’t want to take any attention away from any players or the newness of Klopp. But I’m absolutely delighted I did it now.”
Gerrard, 35, who signed an 18-month deal with the Galaxy in July, has admitted that 2016 could be his last season as a player and has hinted at a return to Anfield in a coaching capacity is on the cards.
“I just couldn’t get enough of what Klopp was saying in tactical situations in the 11 v 11. I found myself straight away after training wanting to keep what he said, why he did it and the point he made to individuals. I just thought it was a great experience.
“I just enjoyed being in Melwood again. If I didn’t have that I would have been at home training alone, so it was great for me to go back in, see everyone and feel that welcome,” added Gerrard.