Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard delighted with appointment of Jurgen Klopp

Steven Gerrard In 2014

Legendary former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is clearly delighted with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as the club's new manager.

Klopp was officially announced as Brendan Rodgers' successor on Thursday evening after the Northern Irishman was suddenly axed in the wake of a poor run of form that had seen the Reds take just 12 points from their opening eight games in the Premier League.

A disappointing run of form reached its true nadir when the Reds needed penalties to edge out League Two side Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup last month, and as the apathy began to set in in place of anger on the Kop, owners Fenway Sports Group took the decision to sack Rodgers.

Despite being allowed to spend close to £80m on transfers in the summer, Rodgers was given his marching orders after a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park last Sunday, and Klopp was immediately identified as the man to replace the Ulsterman in the Anfield hotseat.

Klopp was officially unveiled to a packed-out Melwood press room on Friday morning, and the charismatic former Borussia Dortmund coach touched on a range of subjects that varied from his plans to play "emotional football" to a desire to land the Premier League title within four years.

Klopp also explained how he was more than happy to work amongst the infamous transfer committee that has often been criticised for a lack of transparency over the signings at Anfield, and the German was also effusive in his praise and respect for the 18-time English champions' heritage and history.

The appointment of Klopp represents a real coup for the Anfield side, whose supporters have been fearful of falling away from the elite of the modern game for some time, and the signing of the ex-BVB coach - one of the most sought after bosses in the game - should be celebrated by all concerned with the club, something Gerrard was certainly keen to do.

Gerrard, who left the club in the summer after 17 years in the Liverpool first team to join LA Galaxy in MLS, took to Instagram to express his happiness at seeing Klopp take over the reins at his boyhood club.

The former captain posted: "Exciting times to be a wishes Mr Klopp. YNWA".


Exciting time to be a red .. Best wishes Mr Klopp . YNWA

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