The former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has praised the the Reds coach Jurgen Klopp for his work and the way he has transformed the side into a pretty well knit and competitive outfit. He added that a win against Sevilla in the Europa League final could be the start of a glorious era under the former Dortmund coach and many trophies will be won later in his tenure.
“Winning the final against Sevilla will mean a European trophy, a place in history for all those players and the sense they are at the beginning of a new era under one of the greatest coaches of his generation,” Gerrard wrote in his column for The Telegraph according to Goal.com.
“All the talk in August would be about what was next for Jurgen Klopp’s side – a possible title challenge. With the calibre of player they could attract, and Champions League qualification, there would be confidence Liverpool could challenge.” added Gerrard.
In his 17 years at Anfield, Gerrard won three European crowns – the UEFA Cup and Super Cup in 2001, as well as the Champions League in 2005 and he hopes that his former side can once again be crowned the UEFA Europa League champions. Liverpool have won the Europa League title thrice before and whenever they have reached the final they have always come out with a win.
“Then there is the darker road, the one none of us who love Liverpool want to contemplate. It’s the second final defeat in a matter of months, disrupting the feel-good-factor achieved in securing that flight to Switzerland, undermining the meaning of those notable wins over Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal.” said Gerrard.
“Not just another year without a trophy, but no European competitions at all next season. That would have an impact on the quality of players Klopp could attract, the financial rewards for the club and the morale of the squad.’ concluded Steven Gerrard.