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Gerrard wanted Spurs midfielder to replace him at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he wanted Dele Alli to replace him at Liverpool.

Gerrard left the Reds this summer to join LA Galaxy and has singled out Spurs and England midfielder Alli as the man he wanted to step into his shoes at Anfield.

Gerrard wanted Liverpool to sign Alli. Credit: PA

"He looks ahead of me as far as England games and appearances are concerned," Gerrard told BT Sport.

"He's got more experience because he came through at MK Dons which has helped him progress and make the impact he has done at Tottenham.

"I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn't sign him. I thought he was certainly a player Liverpool might've tried to go for, especially with me coming to the end.

"He's certainly a player that could play for Liverpool for 15 years, he's got that ability."



Liverpool winger Ibe: I'm learning so much from Klopp

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is keen to learn as much as possible from manager Jurgen Klopp as he introduces new ideas in training.

The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club in the 1-0 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan in Russia having come back into the frame having fallen out of the picture under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.

Ibe is enjoying working with Klopp. Credit: PA

After the match Klopp said Ibe still had plenty of developing to do and the youngster is keen to benefit from the German's vast experience.

"He's a great manager, I'm delighted to be working with him," he told LFC TV. "He's showing me new things in training and obviously training is different now so I'm learning.

"Hopefully I can keep getting the experience I need and he can develop me into a good player.

"Everybody's doing well in training and we're just delighted as a group to be doing well now.

"Hopefully we can just keep winning games and make it a repetition now."

Klopp rules out Gerrard playing for Liverpool this season

Gerrard probably won't take a playing role at Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will speak to Steven Gerrard about a role at the club when his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy expires but the conversation will not involve talk of playing.

The 35-year-old midfielder has another year to run on his deal with the Major League Soccer side but his potential return to train at the Reds' Melwood base during the off-season prompted suggestions he could once again wear the red shirt.

Klopp has dismissed any chance of that happening but will welcome back Gerrard with open arms.

"Stevie has a contract with LA Galaxy, he loves this club and he is a legend and when his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff," said the German.

"We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do we will help him but not at this moment - we are in the middle of the season.

"Do you think he should play at this moment or next year. No? Why did you ask me?

"I spoke with Stevie; one phone call and a few messages and I told him 'When you are here of course you can come whenever you want, you can train with us if you think it is good for you'.

"Of course our doors are always open for him, that is clear. But nothing else."

Liverpool's Coutinho hoping Chelsea brace can kick-start his season

Philippe Coutinho hopes his performance against Chelsea can kick-start his season.

The Brazilian playmaker had been below his best prior to his two goals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday that set the Reds on the way to a 3-1 victory.

Coutinho scored a brace for Liverpool against Chelsea. Credit: PA

It gave Jurgen Klopp the first Premier League win of his tenure, and Coutinho hopes there is plenty more to come.

He told the Liverpool website: "For me, it was great. I wasn't playing so well and hadn't scored for a while, so I was glad to score again and help the team.

"I hope (it can be a turning point for me), I hope so. Sometimes when you play, things don't always go well, but I always work hard.

"I'm always looking to improve and I hope from now on I'll continue improving; not only me, but the team, which is the most important thing."

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