Jurgen Klopp has ‘no reason’ to contact Steven Gerrard as Liverpool get set for Premier League title climax
Jurgen Klopp has stressed he will not be contacting Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard ahead of Sunday’s dramatic Premier League finale.
Aston Villa travel to Manchester City while Liverpool host Wolves and a positive result for Gerrard could help the side he captained to so much success pip City to the League title.
Klopp is confident Villa - who also host relegation-threatened Burnley on Thursday - have sufficient motivation of their own to pull off a shock result at the Etihad Stadium.
"No, of course not," replied the German, when asked if he planned to speak with former Reds captain Gerrard.
"Stevie prepares now for Burnley, who are fighting for everything. It’s Villa’s last home game.
"They will play that game and then collect the bones and go again on Sunday.
"There’s no reason to talk to him. We all know that Villa wants to win because Villa wants to win - that’s it."
Liverpool knew only victory at Southampton on Tuesday night would keep up the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men and were stunned by a superb early opener from Nathan Redmond.
But a side showing nine changes from Saturday’s gruelling FA Cup final win over Chelsea swiftly overcame that setback and levelled through former Saints loanee Takumi Minamino before Joel Matip headed a crucial second-half winner in front of the travelling support.
The Reds retain hope of an unprecedented quadruple, having already lifted both domestic cups and with a Champions League final against Real Madrid to come on May 28.
Additional reporting from PA