Steven Gerrard shared a ‘few pints’ with Jurgen Klopp days before the Champions League final
Steven Gerrard reveals Jurgen Klopp had ‘two or three pints and a few cigarettes’ with him and a friend just days before last year’s Champions League final… he insisted the Liverpool manager was ‘just really good companionship’
- Steven Gerrard has revealed he shares ‘pints and smokes’ with Jurgen Klopp
- It came just days before last year’s Champions League final in Paris
- Gerrard praised the Liverpool boss as a ‘sincere, humble character’
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has revealed he is sharing ‘pints and smokes’ with Jurgen Klopp ahead of last year’s Champions League final.
The Reds were defeated 1-0 in Paris last year by Real Madrid in their failed four-way chase after a late goal from Vinicius Junior.
While you’d expect a manager of Klopp’s intensity to be in his office prepping for the days before the final, Gerrard has now painted a different picture.
“He was walking the dog,” the former midfielder said of Klopp the Anfield cover on YouTube: ‘I was sitting outside with one of my friends having a few pints.
“I yelled at him to wish him luck because he had one last day later. I thought he’d be in the zone.
Steven Gerrard has revealed he shares some ‘pints and smokes’ with Jurgen Klopp
It came just days before last year’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris
“He said to me, ‘No, no, no. Go to the bar and get me a pint.’ So we’ll buy him a pint.’
The Liverpool boss ended up staying for a while, as Gerrard explained: “He ended up taking two or three, he smoked a few times, his dog waited patiently and we probably had a good fool for over an hour. About football, about life in Liverpool, are plans for the future.’
“He was just great company and it was different from a football environment, it was Jurgen in his civilian clothes, his dog walking gear.
“He was fantastic with my mate, he made him feel part of the conversation and I think that pretty much sums up the guy.”
Gerrard praised the Liverpool boss as a “sincere, unassuming character” who is also “one of the most gifted managers there has ever been”
Gerrard was also full of praise for the manager as a man, adding: ‘He is a sincere, unassuming character, with presence and presence.
And at the same time, he’s one of the most gifted managers there’s ever been. That’s a special person to me.’
Liverpool will play against Manchester City on Saturday when the Premier League returns.
They will need an excellent run of results in their remaining 12 games to break through to the Champions League places.