Steven Gerrard has revealed he had spoken at length with Jurgen Klopp prior to taking the job at Rangers.
It comes as Liverpool look desperate in their bid to land a spot in the top four of the Premier League after a miserable campaign.
Despite winning the league at a canter last year, this term has proved much more difficult – with a period of six Anfield defeats in a row wrecking their season.
It is now an uphill struggle to confirm Champions League football on Merseyside going into the new campaign – a position unthinkable this time last year.
North of the border, the picture could not be more different for Rangers.
With Gerrard at the helm, they have broken Celtic's monopoly of the Scottish Premiership and landed their first title in 10 years.
And they have done so in astonishing fashion, blitzing teams with 85 goals in 36 matches and going unbeaten so far – winning 30 of them games.
They sit 23 points clear of their Glasgow rivals, beating them 4-1 at the weekend to rub salt into the wounds.
It all started in 2018 when Gerrard took over, his first managerial role, and has culminated in this brilliant season for the Gers but the Liverpool legend will always remember the talk he had with Klopp prior to taking the reins at Ibrox.
He told Sky Sports : "I remember having a conversation with Jurgen about management before I even took this role – 'what are some of the key things you can tell me? What can I take from you that will help me moving forward?'
"He always said to try and be as balanced as you can. Now I know exactly why he said that.
"Because this journey takes you all over the place – incredible feelings, but it has also taken me down as well."
There has been talk that Gerrard could take a job in the Premier League, with potential openings at Crystal Palace and Burnley.
But the former midfielder has insisted he has been "blown away" by Rangers at their stature – particularly on the European stage.
"I knew it was big but you educate yourself even more," he said.
"You listen to ex-players, supporters, people who have worked at the training ground and Ibrox over many years, and you get more education in terms of the size and magnitude.
"I always knew it was an institution but when you go away on European games and are involved in Old Firms, and you're sampling it for yourself, this club has really blown me away in terms of size and stature."
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