Jurgen Klopp Is the 'Most Demanding Manager' in Football, Says Steven Gerrard

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

Liverpool player Steven Gerrard (2nd L) shakes hands with coach Jurgen Klopp after being substituted during their end-of-season friendly football match against Sydney FC at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has described current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as "very demanding" and said the German is "different to all the other managers" he's worked with. 

Speaking to LFC TV's Peter McDowall (h/t MailOnline's Steven Beacom), Gerrard, who is set to take over Liverpool's under-18 side for next season, gave his analysis of Klopp, who has now been in charge at Anfield since October 2015:

"He is a very demanding manager. I think he is different to all the other managers. What struck me first about Jurgen was the demands

"He is a manager who won't do it any other way except his way. I think the players are playing for the most demanding manager in world football. There's no negotiables when it comes down to hard work and running and winning your own individual battles. If you aren't prepared to go in where it hurts for this manager you won't be around for very long."

Gerrard, 37, returned to Liverpool early this year in an academy coaching role having left the club in 2015 to continue his playing career in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy.

It was revealed in April that he would take over the under-18 side after impressing both Klopp and academy director Alex Inglethorpe, per Paul Joyce in The Times.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield on May 21, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Clearly the feeling is mutual from Gerrard. While Liverpool faded to finish fourth in the 2016-17 Premier League after initially looking as though they could challenge for the title, Klopp did guide the Reds back to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014.

Gerrard said he is excited about the 2017-18 season, both for the senior side and his under-18s, per Beacom:

"I can't wait for it. It's a bit strange for me this year because not only am I very excited for Jurgen and his squad but I am going to manage the under-18s and hopefully over the next few years I can pass Jurgen some top players."

One of the key reasons Liverpool dropped off during last season was they did not have a big enough squad to cover for key personnel losses in the second half of the campaign—the likes of Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho all spent time on the sidelines.

The Merseyside giants will need to do plenty of business over the summer to ensure they have a strong and deep enough squad to deal with the strains of domestic and European football next season.