Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Steven Gerrard will return to management but is hopeful he will take some time off from football after being sacked by Aston Villa.
Gerrard was sacked after Villa’s loss to Fulham on Thursday, leaving the club above the Premier League’s relegation zone on goals scored alone, with just two wins in their first 11 matches of the campaign.
Gerrard, previously cited by many as Klopp’s possible successor at Anfield, must now rebuild his reputation after a disappointing stay at Villa that followed success in Scotland with Rangers.
Klopp does not expect this to be a problem for the former Liverpool captain, although he hopes he is in no hurry to return to his role.
“I am very confident that he will come back after this. In my seven years at Liverpool, we have developed a close relationship with the academy,” he said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the Nottingham Forest match.
1. For the first time in the Premier League, Aston Villa sent off a player, conceded a penalty and scored an own goal in the same match. Self destruction. pic.twitter.com/e3WsxtpGSZ
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“I always followed him, this morning we had a small exchange of views, but nothing special, it was a short conversation. I can imagine it’s a disappointment for him because of the ambition he had and the things he wanted to achieve with Aston Villa, it’s clearly not good.
“We don’t have to worry, he knows the game for a long time, that’s life, we all get hit, it all depends on how we react. He has always returned and will undoubtedly return from there.
“Many great managers have had to leave their former clubs for various reasons. Quite often they show up somewhere else and learn from that situation.
“He will be back, 100 percent, but I hope he takes some time for himself since he ended his career, he pretty much worked all the time, so maybe now he will recharge a bit. “.