Jurgen Klopp says Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain, and current Aston Villa manager, will take Sunday’s match against Manchester City “100 percent seriously.“
Going into the last game of the season, Klopp’s side is one point behind City.
If his team beats or draws at City and Liverpool beat Wolves, Gerrard can assist his former club to win the Premier League title on Sunday.
“I can only comprehend these situations if I see myself in the role,” Klopp remarked.
“It would give me added motivation if I could play a game and aid [previous teams Borussia] Dortmund or Mainz. That is the situation.
“But I’m not playing, and neither is Stevie. That’s a pity, and it’s much more of a pity that Stevie isn’t playing than I am.”
During his 17-year career at Anfield, Steven Gerrard appeared in 710 games and scored 186 goals, winning eight major championships, including the Champions League in 2005.
Klopp continued: “We’re all just people. Stevie will take it very seriously even if I don’t call him or anything. I don’t have to; most of the club has already done so, but I haven’t.”
Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season, as well as reached the Champions League final, in which they will face Real Madrid on May 28.
If City wins the Premier League title on Sunday, any prospects of completing the quadruple will be dashed.
Regardless of the outcome of the final two competitions, the team will be honored with a victory parade in Liverpool on May 29.
“There are so many reasons to rejoice,” Klopp remarked. “We don’t know how many reasons there are, but there are enough.
“We didn’t have a parade when we were winners two years ago – not for that reason, but for another.
“I’m overjoyed that we’ll be able to deliver on what I promised when I stated we’d have a parade as soon as feasible.
“Everything revolves around us and what we wish to commemorate. It makes no difference what other people think.”
Meanwhile, Klopp has announced that Divock Origi, a 27-year-old Belgian striker who joined Liverpool from Lille in 2014, will leave in the summer.