Klopp clearly rates his abilities, welcoming him back to Anfield after a stint as NEC Nijmegen manager in 2018 by promoting him from first-team coach to assistant manager after Zeljko Buvac’s sudden exit.
The Dutchman is described as ‘innovative, ambitious, gifted and highly respected’, and is seemingly in pole position to replace Klopp in 2024.
Gerrard, whose Villa deal expires at the same time as Klopp’s Liverpool one, has admitted he has ambitions to one day manage Liverpool but insisted he will be fully focused on beating his former side when he goes to Anfield.
Asked about his return on Friday, Gerrard said: “Of course there’ll be emotion because of where it’s at and my history with the team we’re playing against, Liverpool, but that’s the challenge, to try to control it as much as I can.
“I’ll respect [the reception] in terms of whatever happens but one thing I can assure Aston Villa fans is I’m going there to try to win and take something from the game. I think there’s a lot of noise around it, understandably, but for me I have very much prepared for the game as I always do.”