Liverpool: Gerrard return on the cards; Henderson reacts to victory; Gomez update
After Steven Gerrard posted a cryptic Instagram message which appeared to suggest that his spell at LA Galaxy had come to an end, Jurgen Klopp told the press that he would always be welcome back at the club, sparking speculation that he could be set to join the German’s coaching staff. The Guardian quote him as saying:
“Steven Gerrard – and this will be a really big surprise – is always so welcome at Liverpool FC. You cannot imagine how welcome so absolutely no problem, but everything we will talk to each other about will stay in these talks. That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. Nobody should be worried that we don’t have space for Steven Gerrard. Everything will be fine, 100%.”
The thought of such a move would excite a number of Liverpool fans, who are desperate to see their iconic midfielder back at the club in a coaching capacity.
His successor as captain, Jordan Henderson, was busy in victory over West Brom yesterday, but he told the Daily Star that his side were not left satisfied despite the positive result, saying:
“We were disappointed conceding from a set piece as we had worked on that. We had handled it well until the goal. From that point on, they lumped the ball forward to put pressure on us, we coped with it well to see the game out. First half we were very good with the ball, it got a bit nervy after their goal. We need to build on that and stop the goal from the set piece.”
The captain also picked up what many are claiming is a tactical yellow card, with a late booking for dissent meaning he will miss the midweek EFL Cup clash with Tottenham and return in time for Premier League action against Crystal Palace next weekend.
Jurgen Klopp has also been talking to the media about the role that young defender Joe Gomez will play at the club under his management, as he revealed:
“I don’t want to put pressure on Joe and I know that having had a full year out he requires lots more time to get back to the level where he is fully integrated. But he is so young and with a long career ahead of him, so there is no need for him to rush. We want him to concentrate on getting fit and getting sharp. We will look after this player because we believe him to be special and someone who has a big future with Liverpool. We believe he has all the attributes to be a top player for Liverpool.”
The former Charlton man has been linked with loan moves to Huddersfield and Bournemouth of late, but Klopp clearly does not want to rush his England under 21 international after such a long period on the sidelines.
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