Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes Steven Gerrard, bribe joke

The Reds boss quipped that he bribed Steven Gerrard to compliment him.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked that he paid Steven Gerrard to shower him with compliments ahead of Sunday's League Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley.

The legendary former Reds captain paid a glowing tribute to the German, who could win his first trophy in England just a matter of months after replacing the axed Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside back in October.

Gerrard claimed that Klopp is made of the same stuff as ex-managers Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Kenny Dalglish - a praise which the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach quipped that he had to pay for.

In a press conference, quoted by, he said: "Thank you Steve. I gave him £100 for saying that!

"I am not sure I am the difference, but I know the way. I have to show that as clearly as possible and make sure there is no misunderstanding between my mouth and the players' ears."

He enjoyed reasonable success in the cup competitions during his time in Germany, winning the DFB-Pokal once and finishing as runners-up on two occasions. Dortmund were also losing finalists to Bayern Munich in the 2013 edition of the Champions League.

Klopp's Liverpool have blown hot and cold for much of the Premier League season, though, with the Merseyside outfit eighth in the table, nine points adrift of the top four.

But securing a piece of silverware could spike the side's collective confidence as they bid to bridge that gap to Manchester City in pursuit of Champions League qualification.

They also remain in contention on the European stage after James Milner's penalty saw them beat Augsburg 1-0 at Anfield last night to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

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