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WIN: Celebrate The New Season With £250 Of Liverpool Merchandise!

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The 2020/21 season is something we all need to get away from the real world, but you could support Liverpool in style as they look to retain their title with £250 worth of Anfield Index merchandise.

The popular fan site has teamed up with bookmaker comparison site to give one lucky fan a whole heap of merch from their Champions Range, and all you need to do is answer one simple question.

Last season was a monumental year for the club, winning the title for the first time in 30 years. But this competition is asking you to look a little further back, to the 1989/90 season when the club lifted the title at the end of a dominant period throughout the 1980s.

The side lifted the title seven times in 11 seasons across the decade, alongside picking up plenty of other honours, with the likes of John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Ian Rush the real stars of that last title, but who was in the dugout during that 1989/90 league win?

That’s the question Which Bookie are asking, with the options below:

Who was the Liverpool manager when the club won the league title in 1989-90? 

  1. Bob Paisley
  2. Graeme Souness
  3. Kenny Dalglish
  4. Roy Evans 

To enter, simply click the link below and answer the question above:

You’ll have the be quick though as the competition ends on Wednesday, with the winner being notified within seven days.

The prize gives fans the opportunity to really deck out your home for the new season with posters, mugs and plenty of clothing including tees and hoodies.

The full list of prizes from the Champions Range are:

  • 1 x Dian Champions range print A1 size
  • 3 x Champions range x A3 prints
  • 2 x Champions range x hoodies
  • 4 x Champions range Mugs
  • All badges for Premier League, Club World Cup and Champions League
  • 3 x Champions range t-shirts

All entrants must be aged 18 or over with the competition ending on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 23:59:59.

Full terms and conditions can be found by visiting the competition page.

Good luck!

Why The Mid-Table Battles Are More Exciting Than The Title Challenge


It is every football lover’s dream to witness a close finish to a season. Nothing beats the excitement of uncertainty and unpredictability when it comes to football teams vying for places in the points table and it also creates a sense of competition that in its intangible way can unite scores of fans across the world. Generally, La Liga matches are believed to be more passionate but the ones who love the English Premier League, feel like the Spanish league isn’t competitive enough.

The Premier League did have a couple of seasons where uncertainty shrouded the winner’s name until the very end but over the last two campaigns, it has been a little too clear. For example, last season, Chelsea were the runaway winners by a mile and this time, Manchester City looked like the winners from day one. Although this time the gap is a lot more, Antonio Conte’s men were in a similar position to Guardiola’s last term and everybody had a fair idea of who was going to win.

Even if a club does not establish itself as winners at the very top, rarely do we ever get a sense of nail-biting and gut-wrenching emotions while witnessing title challenges in the Premier League. At least by the time the season hits the halfway mark, we all have an idea of who is likely to win and more often than not, that team ends up winning. And even then, it ends up being a big team that has won the league title in recent times. Chelsea and Manchester City have both won the titles in the 2014-15 and 2013-14 seasons respectively and they are doing it again. Barring Leicester City’s miraculous win in the 2015-16 season, we have not had any sort of competition when it comes to deciding the winner.

It was only back in the 1994-95 season that Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title but after that, the Foxes were the first team outside the top six to win the league. Since my allegiance lies with a top-six club, I’m not necessarily complaining but it is human nature to seek competition in the sport. Hence, off-late, the mid-table battle seems to be a lot more intriguing than the question of who will win the league.

Unless another Leicester City-esque miracle awaits us next season, another top six club will dance its way to the title and this is something that is likely to continue. However, the battle for the mid-table spots is something that only keeps intensifying as time goes on.

When the new season started, newly-promoted sides Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United were all expected to be favourites for relegation. And yet, we were all in for a surprise when the Clarets subjected defending champions Chelsea to a shock defeat on the opening day. That seemingly set the tone for the rest of the season in terms of the smaller sides.

Since then, all these clubs have been in spectacular form and even managed to stun some of the big boys in the Premier League. Even Watford, to that extent, have been quite impressive. In fact, Burnley and Watford had even broken into the top six momentarily. The Clarets can still hope for a top six finish, considering they are just 4 points behind 6th-placed Arsenal. Watford are currently in 10th spot and it is a bit of shock since they were also being touted as contenders for the top six.

Meanwhile, the remarkable comeback made by the likes of Leicester City and Everton are truly commendable. Both clubs got rid of their managers and appointed Claude Puel and Sam Allardyce respectively. Although there were a lot of doubts surrounding the capabilities of these managers, the Foxes and the Toffees have managed to climb out of relegation danger and are now sitting comfortably in the top ten. This was, again, unexpected since Newcastle and Huddersfield were doing so impressively that many people assumed they would solidify themselves in the top ten.

However, Huddersfield are not too far away. Currently gracing the 11th spot, David Wagner’s men are just 1 point behind 10th-placed Watford. They cannot afford to get too comfortable since 12th-placed Brighton are exactly a  point behind them as well. Thus, the upcoming clashes will once again change the course of the clubs in this area.
Stoke City and Southampton have to very careful to avoid relegation while Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are slowly climbing their way out of the trouble.

Now, Rafa Benitez brought his team close to the top six but then something went amiss and they started dropping points severely. Lately, their performance chart showed a much-needed upward curve and a hard-fought away win at Stoke City can prove crucial in the relegation battle.

Palace, on the other hand, were bottom of the table for a good majority of the season but then new manager Roy Hodgson managed to bring them out of danger. That said, they are still just 2 points above the danger zone and it will be interesting to see how far they can go. Bournemouth might be occupying the 15th spot now but they have the quality to turn it around in the 2nd half of the season. Besides them, West Brom and Swansea City continue to be relegation-threatened but considering the roller-coasting nature of the league, it might be too soon to say that they are likely to get relegated.

Liverpool’s Forward Salah the first player to reach 20-goal mark

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Egyptian International, Mohamed Salah, is now officially the first player in the Premier League to reach the 20-goal mark this season, after scoring in his last premier league outing against Bournemouth. Regarding an earlier published article by Salah was one of the played that would be worth it’s money value. And he clearly is.

Mo Salah has continued his outstanding form last Sunday to set a record for any Premier League player this campaign especially for an Egyptian.

Salah was seen to have found the net in the first half of Liverpool away match against the cherries to move the score-line 3-0 up, as Bournemouth succumbed to defeat in that very half.

Following his incredible form for the Merseysiders, the Egypt forward was confirmed as one of the productive active forwards currently in English football.

The former Chelsea player is now currently on 20 goals in all competitions being the first Premier League player to do so this campaign. And also, the first Liverpool player to reach the mark before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986.

Speaking on the signing of the Egyptian Klopp said: “The scouting department did a fantastic job about him, they didn’t get out of our ears. It was 100 percent, ‘he is ready, he is ready.’ At one point, we were all sure he was ready. And that’s how it looks now.”

Talking about his Chelsea spell, Klopp said: “He was a kid”

“We all need confidence. Going from Basel to Chelsea is a brave decision but [struggling there] didn’t make him think he wasn’t good enough. He wanted to prove it. And so, he went to Italy and proved everything. That is another difficult league and he did well. So we are really happy we could convince him to come here.”

Meanwhile, other Premier League forwards the likes of , Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and others will probably hit the mark sooner or later, but Liverpool’s player has beaten them to it, when it comes to hitting the back of the net.

English Premier League – An Era Of Underrated Players

Shaka Hislop
Shaka Hislop

English Premier League – Rating The Underrated Players

Ever since the Premier League began, we have had the good fortune of watching some of the best footballers play against each other. These players were famous for their many talents on the field and even today, there are so many players in the league that are worshipped and idolised by their fans across the world. Love and support for them only seem to be increasing as commercial factors like merchandising and advertising have come into play. They are endorsing some of the biggest companies while also proving to be marvellous on the field.

Be it a Beckham or a Ronaldo, there appears to be no end to the list of companies wanting them to endorse their products. However, amidst all the glitz and glam, there are some players who get lost. In every field, there are a number of people who do a fair share of the work and walk away with accolades while there are also others who do the real work but get lost somewhere in the middle. Football is no different and even more so in Premier League. Calling them the underdogs seems rather unfair given their contribution, so let’s stick with calling them underrated.

Underrated. That is the favourite word of many pundits to describe a player who does his work on the field but seemingly ends up receiving less credit for it. So, what really makes a player underrated? Is it the lack of endorsement deals or the lack of recognition for their hard work? To understand the answer to that question, one must keep in mind that players have been dubbed ‘underrated’ from a time when the commercial aspect of football hardly mattered.

To take you back in time, Shaka Hislop was one such player. Newcastle United were expected to win the 1995/96 Premier League season but an injury to their goalkeeper Hislop changed the course of their fortune and they failed to make it. Hislop may have won two runners-up medals but he was of pivotal importance for the Magpies as well as his country Trinidad and is arguably one of their best goalkeepers till date. Hislop was not a celebrated player but he was crucial for his teams in an unparalleled sense.

Ray Parlour of Arsenal
Ray Parlour of Arsenal

When it comes to defenders, Bobby Moore is undoubtedly touted as one of England’s best defenders. However, Nottingham Forest fans may disagree. A central defender by trade, Des Walker was famous for making his well-timed surges to manoeuvre the ball away from even the toughest of opponents. In fact, very few central defenders have been able to match his level of craftiness and speed, which further establishes his credentials. And yet, he is not one of the more popular names in football.

Cut to not-so-long ago and you have Emile Heskey. Now, a lot of Liverpool, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa and Leicester City fans might get put off by the mere mention of his name but the fact remains that his contribution was necessary to every club he played for. He lacked self-belief to a large extent and one cannot really blame him for that. Playing in the Premier League is a tough job as it is and to have scores of fans hating you makes it all the more difficult. However, very few players lacked his creative vision up front and for all that he did, Heskey truly deserves more appreciation.

As long as we are talking about Liverpool forwards, names like Dalglish, Rush and Aldridge come to our mind. And yet one of their most prolific strikers till date continues to be Peter Beardsley. To be honest, he was the one who kept creating scoring outlets for Rush and Aldridge. Without him, could the duo have proven to be as effective? Most likely not.

Speaking of making contributions, we all know of players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Pires and Bergkamp. After all, they were all crucial parts of Arsene Wenger’s stunning ‘Invincibles’ side. But how many of us rate Ray Parlour? The midfielder often filled in for either Vieira or Gilberto Silva and often lit up the stadium with his unlimited energy. He always boasted of an important eye for the goal and was truly one of Arsenal’s finest.


This trend of overlooking players making important contributions seems to have continued until today. Unless a player is snazzy enough with blue hair like Tiemoue Bakayoko or possesses the goal-scoring skills like Harry Kane, it seems quite tough for them to shine through and make a name for themselves. One such player in our present crop of the Premier League’s unsung heroes is Harry Arter. He is one of Bournemouth’s most influential players and his energy has been key to a lot of their good fortune this season. He may not score flashy goals but he is the glue that holds the Cherries together.

Even Manchester City’s Fernandinho is underrated in a similar fashion. He does play for an attack-oriented team with some of the best players like Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, which often sees his fame get lost amidst all the power up front. But his influence in terms of holding the defence and the attack together has been spectacular to watch this season. Adept at making a mean, tenacious tackle and boasting of smoothness while in possession, Fernandinho can even be regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League right now.

It seems unfair for them to not receive their share of credits but it is what it is. Perhaps even a decade or two down the line, we will have these underrated players who work tirelessly for their team and yet their contributions would not be celebrated as such. Regardless, what makes these players all the more remarkable is the fact that they continue to do their job despite this sense of unfairness.

Is Virgil Van Dijk Set to Remain at Southampton?

One of the longest transfer sagas of the summer continues to rumble on. Virgil Van Dijk has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s having been linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool but the big defender who is valued at around £60 million might end up staying on the south coast.

The Dutchman was believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside and even handed in a transfer request claiming he was The 26-year-old had expressed his desire to leave the Premier League club and is rumoured to have made his stance clear to the Southampton hierarchy however as of the middle of August, he still remains a saints player.

It’s been a summer of change at the club with manager Claude Puel departing and being replaced by former Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino. Puel failed to inspire during his one season at the club and his brand of football was described as ‘boring’ and ‘predictable’ by a number of fans. The Saints failed to win any of their last five home matches whilst also drawing blanks in each of those contests under the Frenchman who eventually paid the price for his ultra-conservative approach.

The club have won just twice at St Mary’s since the beginning of the calendar year with many of the supporters visibly frustrated and very few of them shed a tear when Puel was given his marching orders at the end of the campaign.

Van Dijk will now be working under the progressive Pellegrino who guided unfashionable Alaves to a mid-table finish in La Liga and a Copa Del Rey final where they were narrowly beaten by Barcelona. New club captain Steven Davis has told the media that the new boss is a ‘ and that all the players have enjoyed working with him and training with a smile on their faces. Despite the positivity, Southampton still failed to score against Swansea on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Van Dijk didn’t feature in that match amid the intense speculation surrounding his future with Yoshida and Jack Stephens combining to keep a clean sheet. Despite dominating the game, the Hampshire club were left frustrated in front of goal once again but Pellegrino insisted afterwards that ‘the goals will come’.

Despite a poor end to the campaign, Southampton still finished 8th in the final Premier League table albeit 15 points shy of Everton in 7th position and with a disappointing goal difference of -7. Van Dijk’s insistence that he requires ‘a new challenge’ hasn’t gone down well with supporters many of whom believe the club should cash in on their star asset.

Southampton have apparently this week as they look to the future without Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch centre-half is likely to command a fee in the region of £16 million but comes off the back of a superb season in Serie A with Lazio. Simone Inzaghi’s side reached the Coppa Italia final and snuck into the European places last year with Hoedt a huge part of their success. The 23 year old has already been linked to both Everton and Leicester City this summer and is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

The club have also added Juventus’ Mario Lemina to their squad this week in a deal reported to be worth £18 million. The Gabon International signs a five-year deal on the south coast and becomes the club’s second addition of the summer. The midfielder has also been linked with fellow Premier League outfit Watford and becomes the clubs record signing.

Van Dijk has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City throughout this transfer window although Liverpool is believed to be his favoured destination. Jurgen Klopp’s side were once again left defensively exposed as they conceded three times to Watford on the opening Saturday of the season with Reds fans urging their side to sign reinforcements for the season ahead.

Southampton have a couple of home matches before embarking on their first away trip of the season making the long journey to West Yorkshire to take on Premier League new-boys Huddersfield Town and Pellegrino will be hoping to have a new defender in place before they visit the John Smith’s Stadium. The Saints lack of firepower has meant many punters have been regularly backing Under 2.5 Goals and both Half Time Draw and a 0-0 Final Score were correctly selected by the in their preview of the Saints recent encounter with Swansea.

In the latest twist to the long-running transfer saga, Southampton chairman Ralph Kreuger has insisted that Van Dijk is not for sale in this transfer window. The unsettled centre-half is unlikely to be pleased by the statement but his path away from the club looks like it may be blocked.

The club have also asked the FA to investigate an illegal approach from Liverpool alleged to have taken place in June. This could delay any possibility of a completed transfer until the January window. Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao has reportedly purchased a stake in the Premier League outfit this week and is believed to have paid in the region of £210 million for his share. Following the completion of the deal, the club issued a statement declaring “Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club”.

Kreuger defiantly suggested that keeping hold of the wantaway defender is a statement of intent and will help the Saints shed their unwanted tag of a ‘selling club’ following wholesale departures for the last couple of summers. Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Ryan Bertrand have all made big money moves away from the club in recent transfer windows leaving a huge re-building for the side on each occasion. The chairman went on to praise his manager for the way he has dealt with the issue in the press.

In an interview for the club’s website this week, Van Dijk’s teammate Nathan Redmond has for another season as Southampton aim to break into the top six of the Premier League. He also added that the pair have agreed not to mention any transfer speculation whilst training together.

The Dutchman has reportedly been knuckling down and maintaining his fitness despite the lack of game time at the club and is believed to have been training as normal with the rest of the squad although he was not invited to attend the club’s recent pre-season tours of both Austria and Switzerland.

So where does all of this leave Van Dijk?

The former Celtic defender may wish to play his football elsewhere but patience may be required. It is believed his agent helped arrange meetings with potential suitors despite the clubs disapproval and the Dutchman must be careful not to burn any bridges with his current employer.

He will want to avoid finding himself in limbo once the transfer window has slammed shut. He has not been exiled by Pellegrino yet which suggests that the Argentinean boss would welcome him back into the fold should he fail to secure a move away from the club.

Van Dijk has until the end of August to decide where his future lies. The club are hoping that any move fails to materialise and they will do everything within their power to keep hold of the talented centre-half. Liverpool are still the favourites to secure the signature of the 26 year old according to the betting markets as their need for a new defender intensifies. It’s been a strange few months for the Dutchman who will surely just be desperate for his future to be decided one way or another.

3 Liverpool Players Who Have a Great Future Ahead of Them


The good old days are almost back again at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp looks to lead his young men to Premier League glory and more. There is a sense of belief in the team now and the German does have a knack for getting the best out of a player.

Last season saw us making it into the top four and we should be making it to the Champions League proper after a qualifying round. There has been some really exciting football played last season under Klopp and after the first 10 games or so many sports betting companies such as CrownBet predicted us as favourites to win the league title or at least come second.

Sadly, a bit of a fluff start to 2017 saw the title challenge fade away, but it did give us a glimpse of what we really are capable of achieving with a fit side.

Next season will be just as important as we look to build on the top four and win a cup or two, but we would need help from a few players who aren’t regulars.

Klopp has provided debuts to a number of starlets during his almost two years at the club and we look at three players who will have a bright future should they stick playing at Anfield.

Ben Woodburn

Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer; that should be enough to provide an idea of how highly-rated the Welsh striker is. Woodburn might not be the finished article yet but he does have the likeness of Michael Owen, when he was at Liverpool.

The 17-year-old played a handful of games especially in that horrible rut in January 2017. His goal against Leeds United in the EFL Cup made him the youngest ever goal scorer for the Reds.

Woodburn certainly is special as Klopp had a bit of a go at Chris Coleman for naming him in the senior Wales team for a World Cup Qualifier. Keep an eye out for him, that’s for sure.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Imagine a scenario where you play your biggest rivals and your first-team right-back has injured himself at the last moment. Conventional wisdom would apply and the manager would have asked a first-team centre-back to play in that position or even to rejig the formation.

But this is where Trent Alexander-Arnold made his first start in the Premier League for the Reds, against Manchester United at Old Trafford and bossed his position. The 18-year-old was the star player for Liverpool as he kept Manchester United out from their left wing.

Trent is great on the ball and willingly joins in the attack to provide his team with a great option. Next season we should see more of him as he will be rotated with Nathaniel Clyne, at least for the European games and Alexander-Arnold could be the defensive solution we need for a few years to come.

Rhian Brewster

Another young striker that was on the cusp of making a debut for the first team during the end of the season, Rhian Brewster has been the talk of the town for a number of Liverpool fans. The 17-year-old only moved to the Liverpool academy two years ago and has become one of the best strikers in the side.

He was named on the substitute’s bench against Crystal Palace and even though he didn’t get time on the pitch, Brewster is another player who will come good at Anfield sooner rather than later.

The Englishman is young and has a great eye for goal, and with Liverpool having a number of extra games next season, Brewster will be a player to keep an eye on for the present and future.

Why Coutinho Should Think Twice Before Making A Move To Barcelona


With transfer talk an industry all of its own, there’s no surprise that the headline makers in the English game are constantly linked with moves to the glamorous clubs on the continent. And few have made more headlines at Anfield than Philippe Coutinho.

Since joining Liverpool in January 2013, the Brazilian has become a mainstay in the starting line-up and a firm favourite with the Kop. The creative force of the Reds midfield, Coutinho is a vital player for them, capable of sublime finishes or exquisite passes to forwards for them to find the net. His sophisticated style of play manifests in an elegant simplicity on the ball.

Like all good players, he makes the difficult look simple and effortless. With an impressive array of dead ball expertise, his abilities cause opponents numerous problems and rarely offer them a chance to rest.

Inevitably, the good performances – and more importantly, the consistency of performing at that level – has drawn him to the attention of Europe’s elite. Coutinho has already spent some time at one such club; Internazionale took him from Vasco Da Gama as an 18 year-old.

Speculation is rife that Barcelona are set to make a move for the Brazilian capped 23 times by his country. With their history of taking South American players, particularly Coutinho’s compatriots, it’s hardly surprising that he would be at the very least, flattered, or like most others, extremely interested.

It’s easy to see why he would be seduced by such a move. Barcelona regularly win La Liga – eight since 2004-05 – whilst winning the Champions League is a genuine prospect rather than a pipe dream.

The Camp Nou is one of football’s great stadiums – as are Anfield and the San Siro – and the best players want to appear on the grandest stages. Financially, a move to Barcelona would leave him secure for the rest of his life and that of his family for generations to come.

With those positives, as well as the prospect of teaming up with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and compatriot, Neymar Jr., there seems no good reason to turn down a transfer if a bid were to arrive on Jurgen Klopp’s desk.

The first question is why Barcelona would want to sign him? Aside from being associated with the best players, the Catalans need a reason to use some of their vast riches. The most obvious answer is the ageing Andres Iniesta. The timeless Spaniard is 32 and heading into the twilight of his career.

Barcelona already have Portuguese international Andre Gomes in their squad, seemingly viewed as the inventive Iniesta’s heir apparent. With Ivan Rakitic and Denis Suarez as well, there is plenty of competition for places.

Of course, one or more may leave to make way for Coutinho but it seems a huge risk on Coutinho’s part to take the chance and have to fight for his place. Arda Turan is a good example of a perfect move going wrong – or not as well as he might have hoped – made all the more galling by the fact that he gave up six months of his career whilst Barcelona served out a transfer ban.

Turan isn’t the only one to struggle, even Catalans do. If Coutinho wants to know what life in the Camp Nou really is like when the competition for places is intense, he could do worse than talk to Cesc Fabregas.

The Chelsea midfielder left Arsenal to return to his spiritual home and couldn’t be considered a success despite the silverware haul. A frosty relationship with sections of the supporters, he eventually became surplus to requirements himself.

There is another side to the argument, a different angle to consider. Why would Coutinho want to leave Liverpool?

In Jurgen Klopp, he is working with one of the game’s most innovative coaches, a fresh-thinker and breath of fresh air to the English game. Not devoid of ego but experienced at puncturing egos nonetheless and that was what the Premier League needed.

Coutinho is kingpin at Anfield, the star turn. There are other internationals – England players – but none are as important as the Brazilian. He is a pivotal member of ‘Project Klopp’. A reborn Liverpool is one of English football’s romantic dreams.

Heralding a return to the success of thirty years ago would guarantee Coutinho a place in the pantheon of Liverpool greats. Can Liverpool win the title this year? There’s no reason why not; by no means guaranteed with plenty of competition for first place but certainly their best chance in a number of seasons.

With a contract that doesn’t expire until 2020 and at 23, time is definitely on his side. Warnings will come that ‘clubs like Barcelona don’t ask twice’ but Anfield under Klopp is definitely a better place to learn your trade than under the microscope in Spain.

Crucially, he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry. He’s three years or so from his peak. Settled at home, he has not made overtures in the press about leaving; quite the opposite, in fact. Ambition is vital in successful players but even more important is knowing when the right time to embrace a new challenge is.

Not right now seems to be the answer.

Liverpool Want Steven Gerrard To Join Their Academy Coaching Staff

Liverpool Want Steven GerrardTo Join Their Academy Coaching Staff

Former England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard have recently announced his retirement from playing professional football. The player has announced that he would like to get into management and his boyhood clubs have offered him the possibility to joining the coaching staff at Anfield.  have started to take bets on which club he will end up managing but the player has stated that he wants to take his time before making the decision.

Liverpool manager, Klopp is not too keen on the idea of the former Reds legend joining the club. He believes that he should take the steps into management so that he can learn from the mistake and understand what it takes to be a top manager.

Gerrard has not decided yet what his next steps are going to be after calling time on his professional playing career. He has said that he would first like to complete all of his coaching badges first and combine that with occasional work in the media.

If Gerrard can emulate his leadership skills he gained from playing at the top level of football, he will make a great manager. He has said that he wants to be back involved in either been a manager or assistant.

With JurgenKlopp not too keen on the idea of Gerrard joining the first team set up, it is likely that the role offered to the player will be in the Liverpool youth academy. Talks between the two have not started yet but over the next few months, it is expected that they will begin.

If the talks between Liverpool and Gerrard do not go the way that fulfills both needs, then the former Liverpool star may take a direct route into management. It should not be difficult for the player to find a job in management due to his exceptional record and reputation as a great leader.

After his announcement that he is retiring from professional football he was instantly offered the vacant manager’s job at MK Dons. Gerrard said that he turned down the role as it was too soon and wanted to take his time before making his mind up what the best option for him would be. Liverpool manager Klopp said that if he did choose to manage at lower league team that he hoped that he was given enough time to prove his managerial credentials.

Klopp believes that the best way to learn is by making mistake and learning from them so that you can become better. You can only develop as a manager by making the wrong decision because then you can develop your style to improve the team. If Gerrard is successful by keeping the team he manages in the league and eventually helping them get a promotion, he will greatly improve his chances of landing a job at one of the big teams in the top division.

Klopp stated his management at Mainz which he said helped him to become one of the most sought after managers in the world. Due to the fact he was not in the public limelight, he was able to make mistakes without the fierce criticism that comes when managing one of the top teams in the world.

Klopp believes that the Gerrard situation is the same as the one that Ryan Giggs found himself in at Old Trafford. It was a complete disaster for the former Man U legend and now it is going to be very difficult for him to rebuild his reputation.