Steven Gerrard revealed why it was Jurgen Klopp who gave him the best advice when he started his management career at Rangers.
Gerrard explained how a conversation with Liverpool boss Klopp convinced him to leave his player profile aside when he decided to take over at Ibrox in the summer of 2018.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard has built a reputation as one of the best midfielders in the history of English football during 17 scintillating years at Anfield.
He won over 100 caps in England for 14 years with the Three Lions and won seven major honors during his Reds career before moving on to leadership with a role with the club’s under-18s in 2017.
Despite his iconic career with the Reds, Gerrard says a frank discussion with the current Liverpool Manager Klopp made a decision not to rely on the status he enjoyed as a player more easily.
And the current Rangers boss explained how Klopp’s advice had prepared him to take over one of Britain’s largest and most supported clubs.
“The best thing I ever did was get away from the cameras at first,” he said on the UEFA website.
“I had a real honest and open conversation with Jurgen Klopp for a few hours and the advice he gave me was, “Don’t get in the role of Steven Gerrard with the name on the back.
“‘Go back to the beginning and strip it like a car.
“‘Trust your pitch and get used to the tactics and the different formations. Try things, make mistakes and make them horribly wrong.
“‘Experiment and do all these things away from the camera, but before testing yourself in the Europa League, before testing yourself in front of thousands and thousands of fans – put yourself in a better position before you go.
“‘Because I saw tons of footballers with their names on their backs and it doesn’t work.’
“It was the best advice. I don’t think I will ever get better advice than that. Strip it right away and come back to the start.”
“I have made mistakes in the past two years as manager of the Rangers, but the trick is to learn from them.
“But it’s a job where it’s impossible not to do it because you’re facing so many other good coaches.”
Gerrard led the Rangers to the Scottish League Cup final in December where they were beaten 1-0 by Celtic while the Gers are currently second in the Premiership.