Some times, apparently, friends can be made thanks to the power of social distancing. Manager Jürgen Klopp was asked by BT Sport which currently retired Liverpool player he would hypothetically want to sign. The answer lead to an interesting digression into Klopp’s life in lockdown.
“Easy. Steven Gerrard, Stevie. That’s easy!” Klopp replied to the question.
Then he continued, “The funny part is that I think I live for four-and-a-half years in the same town as Steven Gerrard and I met him never before, but since the lockdown I saw him already six or seven times. I go for a dog walk or a run or whatever, and he has a walk with the family and stuff like this so we saw each other more often than in all the time together before.
“One day I was on the phone with Gerard Houllier and met Steven Gerrard in the same moment, so that was really cool! These kind of things happen only in lockdown so some positive things happened for me as well.”
I’m honestly more interested in what he and Houllier were chatting about, but it seems that as we all get our cherished exercise outside of our homes once a day, some new friendships are being forged as well. I know that I’ve shared the awkward, “Daily walk, eh?” affirmative head nod with strangers that I suddenly keep encountering in my neighborhood. Klopp’s experiences have just been slightly more impressive than when I wave at the man walking his three-legged dog in the park.
Either way, it’s nice to know that Klopp and one of Liverpool’s greatest legends are friendly with each other.