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‘GERRARD CLOSING CELTS GAP,’ KLOPP

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STEVEN GERRARD is already cutting the gap on Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, that’s the verdict of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The Anfield gaffer admits he has been impressed by the Kop legend who took over at the Ibrox club in the summer.

Klopp was at Parkhead yesterday to support the Match For Cancer, a fund-raising event organised jointly by Hoops hero Stiliyan Petrov and Merseyside ace James Milner that ended 3-3 in front of 20,000 fans.

The German said: “Steven made a brilliant start at Ibrox – then he lost 1-0 against Celtic. Wow! What a surprise!

“Celtic are the top team in the league, but it’s not like they were 50 or 60 per cent better than Rangers – like they have been in the last few years.

“Rangers are getting closer and that’s the only way to get them one day. That’s Steven’s job, but so far it’s more than good.”

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Klopp is in regular contact with Gerrard as two of his young players – Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent – are on loan at the club while defender Jon Flanagan agreed a two-year deal in the summer.

Old Liverpool favourite Gary McAllister, of course, is Gerrard’s right-hand man at Ibrox.

He added: “Rangers were brilliant in Europe – Gerrard is putting a good team together. When I started out as a manager, I didn’t ask for advice because I didn’t know who to ask.

“Steven doesn’t ask because he doesn’t have to. We are in contact – but not for advice.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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