EPL: I regret not working with Klopp – Steven Gerrard

Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, has said he regrets leaving the Premier League months before Jurgen Klopp became manager.

Gerrard turned down a one-year contract extension from the Reds and moved to MLS side LA Galaxy.

Liverpool’s manager at the time, Brendan Rodgers, had told him that his playing time would be reduced in the forthcoming season.

But with the benefit of hindsight, Gerrard, 43, has said that he wished he could have stayed at Liverpool a season longer, and worked with Klopp, who came in four days after Rodgers was sacked from his post in October 2015.

In a video posted by The Anfield Wrap on TikTok, Gerrard said: ‘I was devastated. I obviously made a decision not to sign a year extension to go to America, whereas if I’d taken the extension, I might have got six months under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

‘But obviously being under Brendan’s management at the time, I was getting told my game time was gonna get less and less. I didn’t wanna be a sub for Liverpool, I didn’t wanna be a squad player. I still felt that I was the best midfielder there at the time.

‘But in hindsight, if I’d have known what was gonna come off, 100%, I’d have signed the year extension, and I’d have put up with four to five months of Brendan to get six months of Klopp, for sure.’

Gerrard played over 700 games in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring 185 goals, asserting himself as a club legend, having played for the club through youth levels and making his senior debut in 1998.

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