Jurgen Klopp can win Liverpool the double, Steven Gerrard prediction and Jose Enrique’s ‘amazing’ comeback
Jose Enrique is backing Jurgen Klopp to lead Liverpool to a Premier League and Champions League double this season – and is tipping Steven Gerrard to replace the German at Anfield one day.
Klopp took over at Anfield during the Spaniard’s final season at the club, leading them to League Cup and Europa League finals but missing out on qualifying for Europe.
Since then, Liverpool have won the Champions League after reaching successive finals and look well-placed to finally end their 30-year wait to be crowned English champions.
And having seen the impact Klopp had on Merseyside for himself, as well shared a dressing room alongside Gerrard for four seasons, he is not surprised to see both thriving in the dugouts at Anfield and Ibrox respectively.
“The year I finished with Liverpool is when Klopp came. He manages the club completely, he does everything,” Enrique told the Reporters after Liverpool Legends’ 3-2 victory over Rangers. “The way they are playing right now is amazing, he has improved every player in every position.
“Hopefully they win another title. Last year it was the Champions League, the year before they were unlucky and the year before they were unlucky as well.
“Hopefully this year it is the league and the Champions League as well. I think they will want to fight for everything, they are one of the top teams in the world.
“I am so proud to say I played for them.”
He continued: “It was different (playing against Gerrard)! I played against him with Newcastle but it was strange to see him play for Rangers.
“It was nice for me to play with and against who, for me, is the best player in Liverpool’s history. It’s amazing.
“He is doing a great job. He did well last year and is now doing even better.
“We’re probably looking at the future Liverpool manager when Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to manage as well. I wish him the best.”
Having received the all-clear earlier this year after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour, Enrique was also delighted to be back on the pitch for Liverpool Legends.
And, after also played in the Legends’ last game against Borussia Dortmund in Hong Kong, he had a message for the Reds’ global fanbase following the game.
“It’s amazing after a long battle, coming back and playing 90 minutes on a football pitch in front of 30,000 people, it’s amazing,” he said. “We could see them in the corner there and hear them when we were playing – it was very, very nice.
“I played in Hong Kong as well and it was exactly the same, the reception is amazing. It reminds you of when we were playing and it’s a very nice feeling.
“I played for Liverpool, I support Liverpool as well. It’s everywhere we go, they are there.
“Liverpool fans are the best in the world, I always say that.”