Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says ex-Reds captain and Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will take Sunday’s game against Manchester City “100 percent serious”.
Klopp’s side are one point behind City going into the last game of the season.
Gerrard can help his former club win the Premier League title if his side can beat or draw at City and Liverpool beat Wolves.
“I can only understand these sorts of situations by thinking of myself in the role,” said Klopp.
“If I would play a game and could help [former clubs Borussia] Dortmund or Mainz, it would mean for me an extra motivation. That’s how it is.
“But I’m not playing and Stevie doesn’t play. That’s a shame – much more of a shame that Stevie isn’t playing than I’m not playing.
“We’re all human beings. Stevie will take it 100 percent serious without me calling him or whatever. I don’t have to, probably, the rest of the club did it already but I haven’t.
Gerrard played 710 games and scored 186 goals for Liverpool during a 17-year career at Anfield, winning eight major trophies, including the Champions League in 2005.
However, he did not win the Premier League as a player but did come close when he was part of a Liverpool side who were three games from winning the title in 2014, only for his infamous slip to help Chelsea to victory at Anfield as City ended up finishing top instead.
“In terms of Liverpool, I totally understand and respect the external noise and questions that have been coming my way for some time,” said Gerrard.—BBC