Saying that he respects the man greatly but that it’s perhaps time to look to the future, new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called for the removal of an intimate shrine to Steven Gerrard from the Anfield dressing room, in what has been seen as the German’s first major decision at the club.
Arriving on a four year deal to replace Brendan Rodgers last week, Klopp has been quick to recognise the great history of the club, but has also stressed the need to embark on a new chapter, beginning with the dismemberment and removal of a ten foot, partly gilded shrine to their former captain.
“Steven was a phenomenal player and is rightly viewed in high esteem,” said Klopp. “But the thousands of candles and hundreds of pilgrims walking in and out of the room daily are a touch over the top. As are the vials of blood.”
While some have welcomed the move, others deem it appropriate, with more than one supporter referring to the move as “tantamount to heresy”.
“A man’s decisions are his own, but let it be known, the Gods will not look kindly upon this act,” said an anonymous Los Angeles based fan.
At press time Klopp visited chief executive Ian Ayre to ask about the possibility of also removing the 60 foot solid gold statue of the former captain from the club’s Melwood training ground.
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