Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says he will stay in close contact with Steven Gerrard as he begins his new role as U18s manager.

Gerrard’s first day of work at the Academy was last Monday and he is now set to manage his first game, with the U18s due to take on Burton Albion at St George’s Park on Friday.

And speaking to LFCTV, Klopp has backed the Reds legend to do a great job at the Academy.

“I can imagine how excited he is.”

“It’s a wonderful job to work with these skilled boys and to do the things you think are right for them, bring in new experience and learn a lot of things at the same time.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, January 28, 2017: Liverpool’s academy coach Steven Gerrard, working as a pundit for BT Sport, before the FA Cup 4th Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In a recent interview, Gerrard said he would never have gone into his new role without the help of Jürgen Klopp, who he says ‘did more than open the door’ for his return to the club.

The Reds boss is full of encouragement for Gerrard and says he will stay in close contact with him throughout the season.

“It will be a fantastic time for him. Of course we’ll have a close relationship with him and the U23s, we always had it. It’s very important for us because that’s our next generation and we want to help them as much as we can. Of course we’ll be in close contact.”

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