Dietmar Hamann: Why Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to make this Liverpool move
The former Liverpool midfielder doesn't believe Jurgen Klopp requires Steven Gerrard to join his coaching staff
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t require Steven Gerrard’s knowledge of Liverpool in his coaching staff to be a success at Anfield, according to Dietmar Hamann.
The Reds legend called time on his playing career on Thursday morning after just two seasons in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.
Gerrard swapped the Premier League for the United States in May 2015 after the ex England captain brought to an end his decorated spell at Liverpool.
The versatile midfielder won the Champions League, two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Uefa Cup during his 17-year career at the Anfield outfit.
Klopp has already stated that Gerrard is welcome at the Merseyside club and the manager has left the door open to the possibility of the club’s former skipper joining his coaching staff.
Hamann, who won the Uefa Cup and the Champions League with Gerrard during his Liverpool career, is confident Klopp can survive at Anfield without his former team-mate’s input.
“People always say that coaches need someone with them at a team that ‘knows the history of the club.’ But sometimes it is better to start fresh, with no ties to anyone and head in with a clear mind,” Hamann wrote in his Paddy Power column.
“Klopp didn’t have anyone with him from the club when he managed Borussia Dortmund and he was hugely successful. Things are going well for him at Liverpool and he doesn’t have anybody currently in his backroom staff that has played for the club before.
“Liverpool are having plenty of success at the moment, and although there’s probably a role for Steven Gerrard somewhere, I don’t feel there is an immediate need to implement him into the club right now.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table after Klopp’s first season.