Jurgen Klopp believes Steven Gerrard will recover after a sabbatical after being fired from his position as Aston Villa manager on Thursday.
Gerrard was promptly sacked after his team lost 3-0 to Fulham on Thursday night. Villa fell to 17th place in the standings with just two victories in their previous 11 games,
The 42-year-old, who led Villa Park for less than a year. He was subsequently followed on Friday morning by five ex-Liverpool managers: Gary McAllister, Neil Critchley, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom, and Scott Mason.
It brings Gerrard’s first tenure as a Premier League manager to a dismal end and hurts his chances of eventually succeeding Klopp at Anfield.
In his Friday pre-Nottingham Forest press conference, Klopp felt compassion for his former Liverpool coworker and said, “he will come back.”
He will recover from that, and Klopp is optimistic about that.
Although Klopp and Stevie G didn’t frequently interact because he was in America and Klopp had been living in Liverpool for seven years, they were able to develop a close friendship while he was in the academy.
Klopp and Gerrard exchanged a few words. But it wasn’t a very in-depth or lengthy discussion.
Given his goals and what he wanted to do with Aston Villa, Klopp can only imagine how sad it is for him.
Although it’s definitely inappropriate, we don’t believe Stevie needs to be a concern.
Klopp backs Gerrard after Villa exit
According to Klopp, Gerrard knows the game well enough. And these types of things can happen, as he acknowledged to himself yesterday after the game.
We all have setbacks from time to time in life. But what matters is how each person responds.
Stevie is still a favorite to Liverpool fans. There is no question that he will return from it as he has in the past.
This sort of thing can occur. There are many brilliant managers who were made to leave their prior teams for a variety of reasons.
Some of the best have frequently done that throughout their careers. And then appeared elsewhere, learned from the experience, discovered a better scenario, etc.
Klopp further said:
“He will be back, 100 percent. But now I hope he actually takes a bit of time for himself. Since he finished his career, he’s pretty much working all the time. Maybe use it now a little bit for himself to recharge.”