Jurgen Klopp said today he thinks Steven Gerrard will eventually manage Liverpool.

And the Reds manager added that it is just a question of “when is the right moment?”

Klopp, speaking of Liverpool’s home game with Aston Villa tomorrow, jokingly stated when he walked in the room he would not be answering questions on the former Reds skipper.

Gerrard returns to Anfield for the first time in his managerial career and Klopp is aware of the danger his Villa side pose.

He said the former Rangers boss will “come here to win the football match”.

He has no doubt that “Stevie will handle it” despite the “strange” feeling of returning to the club he spent 17 years at.

Steven Gerrard - by Антон Зайцев
Steven Gerrard – pic by Антон Зайцев, creative commons

Klopp compared it to his time at Borussia Dortmund when he returned to former club Mainz.

He said: “I celebrated like a crazy devil. Stevie is allowed to do that tomorrow.

“Let’s just hope he has no reason to do so.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold, announced as the Premier League Player of the Month this morning, echoed his manager’s sentiments.

He told liverpoolfc.com that “winning that game, that’s all that matters” and that he needs to put his admiration for his childhood hero aside.

LFC Twitter announces Trent is the PL POTM
LFC’s Official Twitter announces Trent Alexander-Arnold as November PL POTM

Gerrard has won three out of his first four games as Villa manager.

However, Klopp warned that “none of these four games were against us” adding that “we love Stevie, but we will go with all we have.”

Liverpool were rumoured to have three new injury concerns.

The German confirmed that Nat Phillips will be out for 4-5 weeks with a broken cheekbone.

Meanwhile, Diogo Jota and Divock Origi could return to training today.

The Portuguese had “felt something” after the win at Wolves and the Belgian simply had an “extra recovery day”.

It promises to be a very sentimental day but for 95 minutes, and Klopp wants the fans to “use Anfield.”

Jurgen Klopp Aston Villa press conference
Jurgen Klopp at the Press Conference before the Aston Villa match (10/12/2021)