Former Captain of Liverpool football club Steven Gerrard has urged the owners of the club to honour the current manager, Jurgen Klopp with a statue. He argued that in football, people are not often celebrated until they are older.
While arguing his point further, Steven Gerrard who is currently the manager of Rangers football club, noted that Klopp joined Liverpool when the club was not looking like it could still compete at the highest level.
The 40-year-old former England international also noted that the 53-year-old German tactician came to Liverpool that was not in the top 4 on the league table and took them to a series of finals. Gerrard recalled how Klopp won the 6th UEFA Champions League for the club in 2019 and then crowned it with the first Premier League win for the club in 2020.
“What you need to take into consideration is that when Jurgen took over Liverpool they weren’t close to being the best team in the country, they weren’t even in the top four”, Steven Gerrard told The Athletic.
“To come to Liverpool when he did, get to the number of finals that he has, deliver the sixth European Cup and then deliver the first league title after 30 years, for me, someone like Jurgen should be rewarded now.
“It seems like in football we often wait until people get older before their achievements are fully recognised. But I know the owners of Liverpool won’t let that happen. When Jurgen delivers the league they should already be starting work on a statue of him.”
Steven was regarded as ‘Captain Fantastic’ during his days in Liverpool. In his 17 years at the club, he helped the club to win virtually everything in club football but couldn’t put his hands on the Premier League trophy.
Gerrard’s story in the Premier League can be said to be one of the saddest. He played with all his blood and life for Liverpool, scored 186 goals as a midfielder in 710 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, yet, he retired in 2015 as the club’s captain who couldn’t win the Premier League title as the club had never won it since the name changed from Football League to the Premier League in the 90s.
Steven Gerrard Hails Jodan Henderson
Steven Gerrard could not hide his joy for the current captain of Liverpool, Jordan Henderson, who he handed the captaincy of the club to before he bowed out of the club in 2015, during the first season of Jurgen Klopp at the club.
Henderson remained the captain of the side throughout their rough days under Klopp. His fortune as an unsuccessful captain of a highly historical team like Liverpool started changing in 2019 when he led the team to conquer Europe.
In that year, Liverpool won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup to join the league of successful captains of the club. On June 25, 2020, Chelsea’s win over Manchester City confirmed Henderson as the captain that led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years.
Taking to Instagram after Liverpool’s Premier League triumph, Steven Gerrard wrote: “Couldn’t of [sic] passed it to a better person. Proud of you. @JHenderson.”