Steven Gerrard has revealed the valuable advice that he received from Jurgen Klopp before he became Rangers manager in 2018.
It is three years since Gerrard left his role in the Liverpool Academy to take over in the Ibrox hot seat. The former Liverpool captain, who retired in 2016, replaced Graeme Murty, who was in interim charge. The 4o-year-old has worked wonders at the club and he has already guided the club to their first Scottish title in 10 years.
Gerrard remains grounded though, despite a overturning a decade of dominance from Celtic. And the former England captain has revealed asking Liverpool boss Klopp for some advice before he took the reigns in Scotland.
Gerrard told Sky Sports: “I remember having a conversation with Jurgen about management before I even took this role – ‘what are some of the key things you can tell me? What can I take from you that will help me moving forward?’
“He always said to try and be as balanced as you can. Now I know exactly why he said that.
“Because this journey takes you all over the place – incredible feelings, but it has also taken me down as well.”
The Whiston-born coach has claimed he has not really allowed himself to think about the success he has guided the club to this season.
“I’ll be immensely proud of what we achieved, I’ll reset myself and do whatever I need to do in the background to try and make this group as strong and competitive as I can,” he added.
“I’m as ambitious as anyone connected to this club. I want to try and get this club Champions League football and to defend our title with our life, and I want to put the cup thing right as it doesn’t sit well with me.
‘This club has really blown me away’
“I want to come back in pre-season with a fair chance of being successful, that’s all I ask for. Hopefully, the board will support me on that and we go again.”
Gerrard has also admitted the size of the Glasgow club continues to surprise him.
“I knew it was big but you educate yourself even more,” he said. “You listen to ex-players, supporters, people who have worked at the training ground and Ibrox over many years, and you get more education in terms of the size and magnitude.
“I always knew it was an institution but when you go away on European games and are involved in Old Firms, and you’re sampling it for yourself, this club has really blown me away in terms of size and stature.”