Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his close relationship with Jurgen Klopp, admitting he regularly seeks management advice from the German and his other former Liverpool bosses.
The former Liverpool captain has impressed since making the move into management with the Scottish side, with Rangers currently level on points with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership and has also impressed in Europe with Europa League wins over Feyenoord and Porto.
However, Gerrard has revealed he is in regular contact with Klopp to seek advice as he navigates his first role in management, praising the Liverpool boss who he says has been ‘fantastic’ for his development as a coach.
“We exchange messages quite a lot,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo. “I have said it before and I will say it again, he has been fantastic for me, even going back to when I had the first chat with him at the Academy.
“I thought about ‘Am I doing the right thing? What would you do in my situation?’ I asked him all these types of things and he has always been there to give me sound advice.
“We were messaging each other just a few days ago and obviously we’ve both had big weeks and weekends, so yes, he has been fantastic and I can’t thank him enough really.”
Aside from Klopp, Gerrard says he has ‘tapped into’ the knowledge of a host of his former managers, including Rafael Benitez, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson.
The Rangers boss says he has tried to take things from each, as he hopes to broaden his knowledge and develop into an elite manager.
“I have tapped into them all, Rafa (Benitez), Brendan (Rodgers), Gerard Houllier, Roy Hodgson, all of them,” he said. “Probably unknown to them but I have tried to tap into all of them and use it myself, and having that around what I do. But, if we talk about the Porto fixture, there are certain things we tried to do as a team that we would have done as a team when I played.
“What Rafa would have said to us in that situation? What would Brendan (Rodgers) have said in and out of possession? So you try and take things from them all.”
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