Jurgen Klopp hints at Liverpool role for Steven Gerrard, urges everyone not to underestimate Sunderland

Former Liverpool Steven Gerrard in the stands before the match

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Sunderland in the Premier League at the weekend.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hinted at the possibility of Steven Gerrard returning to the club to reporters in a coaching capacity after the former Reds' skipper announced his retirement after 18 years playing the game, the Liverpool Echo live blog reports. 

Klopp was asked about Gerrard ahead of Liverpool's game with Sunderland at the weekend, with Gerrard announcing he would hang up his boots earlier on in the day.

The Liverpool boss told his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "This is not the room to speak about this.

"One day in the future there will be something to announce, I'm pretty sure.

"It's good to hear that he's back in town.

"If he wants to make a career (in coaching) then we want to help him.

“Nothing more to say, but maybe that was too much already.”

Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard in the standsFormer Liverpool player Steven Gerrard in the stands

Klopp was keen to discuss the weekend's game with Sunderland - who have won their last two games but find themselves second from bottom. 

Despite their position in the league table, and with Liverpool just one point off the top, it's a game the Reds' boss certainly isn't taking lightly. 

He added: "They have been really unlucky. We need to be ready - that’s the challenge.

"We won't underestimate Sunderland. If one person in the stadium underestimates them that would be a mistake."

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne heads wideLiverpool's Nathaniel Clyne heads wide

Liverpool surrendered top spot in the Premier League last weekend after a goalless draw at Southampton. Klopp has said it would be crazy to be disappointed following that game, and said that they forced the Saints to defend deep with their play, rather than Claude Puel's side sticking men behind the ball. 

Klopp commented: "I was really happy with the attitude and a lot of parts of the performance. The point helped, the performance helped and a game at Southampton is not one where you create 20 chances."

The Liverpool manager will hope that his side can find their scoring touch this weekend in order to keep up the pressure on Chelsea ahead of them, and other teams just behind them, at this early stage of the season. 

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