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Klopp delighted to hand new Liverpool U18 boss Gerrard “a fantastic opportunity”

Date Posted,April 28, 2017

Jurgen Klopp believes it is “fantastic” that Steven Gerrard has taken charge of Liverpool’s Under-18 side.

The 36-year-old joined the academy in February with a roving coaching role but has aligned himself closely with the under-18s.

On Thursday it was announced the the ascension of Neil Critchley to the Under-23s will see Gerrard take Critchley’s current role this summer.

First-team boss Klopp recommended Gerrard’s advancement after his initial settling-in period.

Gerrard will begin his new job in the summer (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)
Klopp is delighted to see Gerrard making progress (Photo: Liverpool FC)

“It’s a fantastic thing that he wants to be a manager in the future,” said Klopp on Friday. “He has all he needs to be a good one.

“When I saw the excitement in Steven’s eyes I was really happy about giving him this fantastic opportunity.

“Starting at a club like Liverpool is a fantastic opportunity – but not all former world class players are ready to do this. It’s the classic win-win situation. For the youth players it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with him.

“My door is always open, he knows that. He will be good.”

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