Loading… Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has reacted to his former side’s first ever Premier League title win and heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp. Advertisement The Merseyside outfit were confirmed champions on Thursday night without kicking a ball as Manchester City fell to a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. Not long after the game ended, Liverpool fans and players alike celebrated with former captain Gerrard taking to Instagram to issue a heartfelt message. In his post, the former England international stated: “Congratulations to all @liverpoolfc on winning the premier league . Incredible achievement from a fantastic squad of top players . Lead by a world class manager and coaching team also a special mention for the backing from FSG . And lastly and most importantly the fans who have waited 30 years . Let the party begin.”Gerrard represented Liverpool for 17 years and became club captain at just 23-years-old.He won every trophy possible with his boyhood club aside from the Premier League and he was likely beaming with pride at tonight’s outcome.It’s no secret the 40-year-old is a big fan of Klopp and Gerrard recently claimed a statue of the German should be placed outside Anfield.Gerrard inspired Liverpool to Champions League victoy in 2005, but never clinched English football’s top honour.“Knowing Jurgen, he won’t want to be put in that bracket,” the current Rangers boss explained to The Athletic.“I know what he’s like, he’s humble and respectful. When you look at the scale of the job he’s done, for sure he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic managers.“What you need to take into consideration is that when Jurgen took over Liverpool they weren’t close to being the best team in the country, they weren’t even in the top four.“To come to Liverpool when he did, get to the amount of finals that he has, deliver the sixth European Cup and then deliver the first league title after 30 years…For me, someone like Jurgen should be rewarded now. It seems like in football we often wait until people get older before their achievements are fully recognised.Liverpool boss Jurgen KloppRead Also: Dortmund react to Liverpool winning Premier League title“But I know the owners of Liverpool won’t let that happen. When Jurgen delivers the league they should already be starting work on a statue of him.”Liverpool’s triumph last night will have helped Gerrard vanquish the demons of his famous slip against Chelsea back in 2014.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Press Association Both playmaker Silva and winger Navas were absent from the City squad for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium and Pellegrini expressed his hope after the game that the former’s ankle problem would not prevent him from featuring against the Baggies. At his press conference on Friday to preview the Albion contest, Pellegrini reported there had been no change on that front, before confirming Navas had been out due to an ankle complaint of his own. The Chilean manager, who earlier this week ruled out midfielder Yaya Toure for up to a fortnight due to his leg injury, said: “We continue with the same situation with Yaya Toure, David Silva and Jesus Navas. “The three of them are injured for the moment. “Yaya is improving but it is a muscle injury, so it is difficult for him (to return) so soon.” Defender Matija Nastasic, who has not played since February because of a knee injury, remains unavailable. The draw with Sunderland dealt another blow to City’s title challenge, just a few days after their 3-2 defeat to Liverpool. They are third in the table with five more games to play, four points behind second-placed Chelsea and six behind leaders Liverpool, both of whom have four more matches. Reports have suggested City’s owners are going to stick with Pellegrini, though. And asked about that on Friday, the 60-year-old – who has guided City to the Capital One Cup and the knockout stages of the Champions League this season, his first in charge – said: “It is not a problem in this moment. “I never heard anything in terms of a complaint. “All of us want to win as much as we can but I haven’t had any talks about that and I am not thinking about that.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is still sweating on the fitness of David Silva ahead of Monday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with West Brom and has also revealed Jesus Navas has been struggling with an injury.