Gerrard worked under Clarke at Anfield when he was part of Kenny Dalglish’s coaching staff and was impressed by the former Chelsea assistant boss.
After also playing for the Blues before becoming a coach, Gerrard thinks playing at a high level has given Clarke a good understanding of managing top players.
“He doesn’t try to pretend and try and be something he’s not,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He’s open and he’s honest. As a player, he’d say to me: ‘I didn’t think you were at it today.’ Sometimes he’d say: ‘I thought you were very good today.’
“That honesty and respect for me went a long way because I think players at the level that Clarkey has played at and worked at can work you out.
“Why do it any other way? Players are quite clever, they are cute, they are streetwise, they work you out pretty quickly.”
The Gers boss takes his side to Rugby Park tonight in the Scottish Premiership as they look to put pressure on leaders Celtic.
With only a few points separating the top-four, the Light Blues can’t afford to drop any points.
Clarke’s record against Rangers and Celtic is really impressive and he’ll be aiming to keep his own side in the title race.
The Kilmarnock boss has done a fantasic job at Rugby Park and his side picked up more points than any other club in 2018.
Gerrard will be hoping his time spent working with Clarke gives him an insight into the Killie boss that he can exploit.
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