Liverpool legend Steve McManaman is convinced boss Jurgen Klopp will make several additions to his Kop squad during the summer transfer window – and fans have to trust the German to find hidden gems again.
Although the acquisition of Mohamed Salah from Roma last term did not go completely under the radar, the 50-year-old was rewarded for giving the Egyptian star another chance in the Premier League given his previous stint in England with Chelsea did not go to plan.
With RB Leipzig powerhouse midfielder Naby Keita set to arrive at Anfield in the close season, former Reds hero McManaman feels he won’t be the only incoming as Liverpool get to work on building on this season’s success with an eye to challenging for the Premier League title.
Watch McManaman’s interview with Sport360 above.
Liverpool FC Legends Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister and Steve McManaman were visiting LFC World, presented by Standard Chartered, and fans will have the opportunity to see them in a live Question and Answer session, as well as watch the Reds’ final day of the season clash with Brighton alongside them, at Barasti in Dubai on Sunday May 11 between 5-9pm.
The Kop hero, who was appointed manager of Glasgow Rangers on May 4 in his first big job in the dugout, feels his boyhood club have earned the right to stand toe-to-toe with Los Blancos, a side that are going for a hat-trick of consecutive triumphs.
“I think we’ve got a really good chance, I wouldn’t say on current form we’re going into the game as underdogs,” the 37-year-old said at a LFC World event presented by Standard Chartered on Thursday at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.
“But, I suppose, Jurgen Klopp and the boys will want to go in as underdogs because it takes a little bit of pressure off.
“I think the form they’ve been in, how they’ve performed in the last two games against Roma, especially with Mo Salah (how he’s been playing), I think we go in with every confidence and belief that we can get the job done.”
Gerrard, of course, captained and inspired the Merseysiders to that famous comeback victory over AC Milan in the 2005 European Cup final, and feels that the Reds will go into the game with the same belief that Rafael Benitez’s men showed in the second-half in Istanbul.
He added: “We were the underdogs and rightly so against a fantastic Milan side, we went in with confidence and belief and you never give up. I’ve experienced it, you can beat them.”
After the completion of his commitments with Liverpool and broadcaster BT Sport this month, Gerrard’s four-year deal at Ibrox begins in earnest on June 1.
He will start his first foray into first-team football management alongside newly-appointed No.2 Gary McAllister.
The former Scotland midfielder is currently with Gerrard in Dubai until Sunday where the duo will be joined by Steve McManaman on-stage at Barasti to take part in a question and answer session and watch the Reds’ final day of the season clash with Brighton.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for myself and Gary really,” Gerrard said when recalling the past seven days.
“It was obviously a very exciting opportunity for myself to manage and the rest of the staff we’ll take with us. We are really looking forward to the challenge, it’s big and has come really quickly since I started coaching with the Liverpool youth sides.”
Salah has been in phenomenal form for the Reds this season with his 42 goals in all competitions helping to propel Jurgen Klopp’s side into a top-four spot domestically and into a Champions League final with Real on May 26.
Naturally, the rumour mill has hit overdrive with Los Blancos set for a huge spending spree in the summer and media outlets perpetually linking Salah with a move despite having only joined Liverpool from Roma last summer.
However, Ramzy, who coached the 25-year-old when in charge of Egypt’s under-23s team, is adamant now is the right time to make a step up.
“For him, it’s time. It’s (the) right time to transfer or to go to Real Madrid, especially because I think Real Madrid, (the) way they play… (it could) be a very, very good transfer for Salah, because he make(s) everything this season with Liverpool,” Ramzy explained.
“He was (their) best player, he was the top scorer and if he wait(s) until next year maybe he has not the chance (to move).”
Check out the clip below to hear more from Ramzy on his former charge…