Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers once asked Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to help Liverpool sign Toni Kroos

29 Aug

It’s the first Old Firm derby of the season, which means it’s the first time Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard will lock horns as managers.
Rodgers has not lost any of the 11 games he has faced Rangers as Celtic’s boss during his time at Parkhead.

Ahead of the game on 2 September, Gerrard is yet to taste defeat during his 11 games in charge of the Gers.

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team have dominated Scotland, but now Steven Gerrard will try and change that with Rangers

The two men know each other well from Gerrard’s time at Liverpool where he played under Rodgers and here, talkSPORT.com just happened to be reading the former midfielder’s autobiography, My Story, where he recounted the time he was asked to try and convince Toni Kroos to swap Bayern Munich for Liverpool in 2014.

“I had an unofficial role at the club, trying to persuade some great players to join Liverpool,” he wrote.

“It was the same ritual every summer. The club would let me know which long-shot target they had in mind and then ask me to contact him. They thought that a request to consider moving to Liverpool would have more impact coming from me.”

The former captain revealed he had perfected a routine when it came to approaching players the club wanted and stressed he’d only contact those he rated himself.

“Instead of calling him directly I always sent a text. It seemed more respectful and allowed the player to read my message at a time when it suited him best. A cold call felt wrong,” he said.

Gerrard was Rodgers’ captain at Liverpool

“Our target in 2014 was ridiculously optimistic. Brendan asked me to take a crack at trying to talk Toni Kroos into signing for Liverpool. He smiled when I said we’d be p*****g into the wind with this one. We both admired Kroos immensely. I knew Real Madrid were gearing up to make Bayern Munich an offer and so I felt a bit awkward when I texted Kroos. The German was on his way to winning the World Cup with his country and Real were the champions of Europe. But God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl.

“Some of the best footballers in the world can also be the most respectful. Kroos didn’t make me feel like I was a total idiot. But, of course, he would soon sign for Real Madrid. We had a nice little exchange of texts and I said well done and good luck.”

Kroos joined Real Madrid after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014. Since then he has won the Champions League three times to add to his one success with Bayern in the competition

Another player Gerrard explained he was asked to approach was Willian, when the winger was at Shakhtar Donetsk, before he ultimately moved to Chelsea.