The bootroom culture was integral to the success of the club over the 60s, 70s, and 80s, at Anfield.
A place where the likes of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish used to plot and confide in their trusted lieutenants about club matters, the bootroom set-up was a symbol of the Reds’ continuity that helped breed success throughout three trophy-laden decades.
It was eventually disbanded in the mid-90s, as Liverpool sought out a more continental and modern approach and it was officially ended when Roy Evans – the last remnant of the Bootroom boys – was sacked to leave Gerard Houllier as the sole manager back in 1998.
However as Jurgen Klopp prepares to take the reins at Anfield, the likeable German coach could look to the club’s past to help its future by resurrecting the Bootroom – aided by some of bona fide Red legends.
Asked about the possibility of the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher coming on board to help out, Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre told reporters on Friday: “Those decisions will be Jurgen’s but the near future is about what we have here and what Jurgen has to work with and that is for him to assess."
First to not-so-subtly throw their hat into the ring was ex-striker Robbie Fowler, who candidly admitted he would jump at the chance at helping Klopp settle on Merseyside.
Fowler is quoted as saying by The Mirror: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested," Fowler said. "I'd love to be on the backroom staff. Liverpool is a massive part of my life.
"My personal opinion is [Klopp] is a very good manager. I don't know him as a man, I've never met him. Looking on as an outsider, I was impressed with his performances in Germany for Dortmund. I like what I see.”
Former midfielder Jan Molby believes that such a decision is a “no-brainer”, and the Dane told the Liverpool Echo: “Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard simply have to be sounded out. Losing those two has been a massive blow to the club, and getting them back is a must, in whatever capacity.
“Think about having Klopp and Gerrard on the bench, representing the club, setting the standards. It’s a no brainer.”
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is in agreement with Molby, and the Gunners legend urged Klopp to seriously consider asking Carragher to become part of a rejuvenated backroom staff at Anfield.
"We all know how much stock they've put on the old Bootroom ethos at Anfield over the years," Wright told The Sun.
"How important it has been to have a Scouser on the backroom team who understands the emotion and the passion which goes hand in hand with working at one of the world's great clubs. And for all they have struggled at times, Liverpool is still one of the great footballing institutions.
"That has never been more important than it is right now – and can you imagine the massive shot in the arm it would give everyone to have not only Klopp but also Carragher there?"
The mischief-making Carragher then sent rumours flying when he cryptically tweeted of his eagerness to work with Klopp once the German was officially unveiled as manager on Friday morning.
Great appointment from Lfc in getting Jurgen Klopp to Anfield. Can't wait to start working with him.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 9, 2015
Klopp may have to bide his time if he wants to sign Gerrard to his team however, with the former captain still plying his trade for LA Galaxy, but the indications are that the legendary midfielder would be more than happy to one day return to Anfield in a coaching capacity.
In his new book My Story, that was serialised by the Daily Mail, Gerrard revealed that he wouldn’t have left the club last summer had he been offered a coaching job under Rodgers.
"What would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing," writes Gerrard. "Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.”
The wave of optimism that has swept through the club’s fanbase since the news broke of Klopp’s imminent arrival as manager hasn’t been seen since the Reds appointed Kenny Dalglish back in January 2011, and the German’s credentials as a world-class coach cannot be questioned.
However, Klopp may consider re-forming a new-age Bootroom to help navigate his way through the minefield of managing a club with the expectations of Liverpool in the harsh terrain of the Premier League, similar to how Louis van Gaal has done with Ryan Giggs’ appointment as assistant at Manchester United.