Klopp had ‘pints and smoke’ with Gerrard days before Champions League final
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Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard shared a pint ahead of Liverpool's Champions League final with Real Madrid last May.
The Reds were looking to conquer Europe for a seventh time, but Vinicius Jr brushed the ball home to help Real Madrid climb their mountain again. However, days before the final, Klopp had sat down with Gerrard for a pint after a chance meeting in Liverpool.
Speaking to The Anfield Wrap for their JURGEN docu-series supported by ERDINGER, he said: "He was walking the dog, I was sitting outside with one of my friends having a couple of pints. I shouted over to wish him good luck, because he had a Champions League final days later. I thought he’d be in the zone.
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“He said to me: ‘No, no, no. Go the bar and get me a pint.’ So we get him a pint. He ended up having two or three, he had a couple of smokes, his dog waited patiently, and we had a good craic for probably over an hour. About football, about life in Liverpool, his plans for the future.”
Gerrard added: " “He was just really great company to have and it was different from a football environment, it was Jürgen in his plain clothes, his dog walking gear. He was fantastic with my mate, he made him feel part of the conversation and I think that just sums the man up.
“He’s a genuine, humble character, who’s got a presence and an aura. And at the same time he’s one of the most gifted managers there’s ever been. That’s a special person, for me.”
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At the time, Gerrard was at the helm of Aston Villa, who have since sacked the Liverpool icon.
However, there were fans who were hoping to see Gerrard in the Anfield dugout after Klopp left. The German has hardly had an easy ride this season, too, with the Reds struggling to hit the heights of last season's campaign.
Liverpool can hardly afford to drop any points in the run-in, should they hope for a Champions League berth next season.
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