Jurgen Klopp’s private question shows truth about Steven Gerrard to Liverpool talk

The questions, the claims and the theories all raged following Steven Gerrard’s appointment as the new manager of Aston Villa.

For many, the idea of Gerrard taking over one of English football’s biggest clubs was almost sidestepped during the international break in favour of stargazing at what might be in the future of the former Liverpool captain.

After all, the prospect of Gerrard pitching up to manage at his boyhood club where he enjoyed a storybook playing career is easily digestible fodder for those searching for romanticism in an industry that is often so callous and cut-throat.

And while ‘Steven Gerrard, Liverpool manager’ has a nice ring to it to those who worshipped the former midfielder for much of a glittering, 710-game career at Anfield, there is a simple counter question to the gushing of those dream scenarios.

From day one of his coaching career, when he stepped out to take charge of Liverpool’s Under-18s, Gerrard has seemingly been destined for the Anfield hot seat.

And while that aim undoubtedly sits deep within him, it isn’t what underpins his work on a day-to-day basis.

“It’s very unfair to describe this as a stepping stone, you will never hear me say that,” said Gerrard when inevitably quizzed on the matter this week at his unveiling at Villa Park.

“I am really honoured and proud to be here. I’m all-in and I will give this job all it needs to be successful.

“I am 100 per cent committed and so are my staff. There is nothing wrong with having dreams and aspirations.

“Liverpool have a world-class coach in Jurgen Klopp. If he was to sign a lifetime deal right now I would be very happy for him and them.”

Instead, Gerrard will look to simply continue his upward trajectory as a manager, building on an exemplary spell in Scotland where he ended Celtic’s hopes of a 10th straight title by winning Rangers’ 55th domestic crown through a mixture of rock-solid defending and free-flowing attacking.

The statistics en route to that historic achievement were impressive.

Just 13 goals conceded, 92 scored and a 102-point haul that made Gerrard ‘s Rangers the Invincible Centurions of Scottish football.

For now, though, he will simply build on that at one of the most famous names in England in Aston Villa, thoughts of the job at Liverpool can wait.

The Reds, right now, have the best manager in the world for them in Klopp.

The German still has three years left to run at Anfield and his work is far from finished.

The Reds are knee deep in another battle for the Premier League crown, into the last eight of the Carabao Cup and are assured of another crack at the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2022.

There is no better fit for the role as Liverpool manager than the man currently at the helm and while thoughts of a post-Klopp life at Anfield will have to be formed at some stage, that time is not now.

Privately, Klopp has questioned just why the identity of his successor is spoken of as much as it is compared to, say, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, for example.

The City boss rarely has to fend off questions about who might step into his seat when he departs the Etihad, but the situation is much different for Klopp.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the coach who is most often asked what he is doing after his career,” he said earlier this year.

“[I get asked] ‘will you do that?’ Will you manage Germany?’ Will you do this?’

“What?! I still have three years at Liverpool!”

On the same topic on Friday, Klopp said: “I really think I have spoken about it enough.

“No other manager gets asked as often about things that will happen in two and a half years or three years or four years.”

Liverpool fans, plainly, do not want to see Klopp go anywhere, but if a world without their Champions League and Premier League-winning manager is too hard to imagine, then why is there such a determination to imagine it?

The staring into the crystal ball has gone on long enough.

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