Liverpool media round-up: Klopp on Gerrard rumours, another injury blow, thoughts on current squad

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a playing return for former captain Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Gerrard has however been invited to train with the Reds during the MLS off season in order to keep his fitness up.

The Reds boss is quoted, saying: “I spoke with Stevie – one phone call and a few messages.

“He’s a very nice guy, I must say. He’s a Liverpool legend, of course, but his contract as I know is in the USA.

“Now it’s break time and I told him that of course while you are here you can come whenever you want, you can train with us, do whatever is good for you."

The Independent suggested that Gerrard could have been offered a playing role yesterday, and says that Klopp could still find a role for the 35-year-old if he were to impress in training, but say he is more likely to be offered a role in the long-term strategy of the club off the field.

Tonight's sees Liverpool in Europa League action against Rubin Kazan in Russia, and Klopp has taken a strong squad to Russia in order to try and make it to the knock-out stages of the competition. 

The Echo reports that the Reds' injury list has got a little longer as young defender Connor Randall didn't travel because of a muscle injury. 

Klopp has also said that he doesn't believe he has a major rebuilding job on his hands at Liverpool and has reiterated that he can work with the players at his disposal.

The Liverpool Echo quotes him, saying: “They are all Liverpool players here. Decisions that were made in the past were not as bad as maybe some people think. It is not a coincidence they are here.

“When I saw the squad – when on my holiday – I thought ‘good job, I can work with this’.

“Yes, we have some injuries but players will come back. It’s a good squad. It’s even good for those players who can’t play in this moment to see how we work.”

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