Steven Gerrard has asked Liverpool to be patient with Jurgen Klopp – and says the German needs a ‘couple of transfer windows’ to get the squad he wants.
The Reds are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 3-0 win over Exeter, but are currently 13 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Gerrard, however, believes Klopp needs time to implement his tactics – and is certain he will bring success to Anfield.
“I think we need to give Klopp a couple of transfer windows and more time and maybe a full preseason with the team to get used to each other and get his stamp on the way he wants to play and his tactics,” Gerrard said during MLS media day.
“I think it’s patience at Liverpool, but I’m very confident that Jurgen Klopp can improve things and bring success to the club because he’s a fantastic manager.”
The former Liverpool captain added: “It’s a results business. They need to prove that they belong in the top four by playing well and finding consistency.
“Liverpool, it’s very difficult for them to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea, but that’s the same for 90 percent of the clubs around the world because some people and owners are a lot richer than others.
“That’s just the way of life. I don’t think it has a huge effect because Liverpool have got fantastic players, a good team, a good manager.”
Gerrard won the Champions League at Liverpool in 2005 under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez, who was dismissed as Real Madrid manager last month, and the 35-year-old admits the Spaniard’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu was not unexpected.
“I’m not surprised, [from] what I’ve seen and heard from the players. Rafa’s a fantastic coach, so I’m surprised that Madrid let him go so early. I’m a big fan of Rafa’s tactically, and what he does as a coach,” he said.
“I thought they would have at least given him the season. But I’m not surprised because Real Madrid change their coaches so often anyway.
“Historically, they change the managers more than most clubs. That was no surprise. But I’m sure Rafa will get another big job.
“He’s got a fantastic CV, wherever he goes he usually brings success. I’m sure a lot of clubs have got their eye on Rafa.”