Reds legend Gerrard has taken over at Villa Park after leaving Scottish giants Rangers.
Asked about Gerrard's appointment, Klopp told the club's website: "(I'm) really happy for him, to be honest. I know he loved the job at Rangers, but it's how it is. When you have the opportunity to work in the Premier League, then probably each coach in the world would consider it.
"In a few weeks we will face each other. I texted him obviously and we had a few messages back and forth. It's good, I'm really looking forward to it.
"From now on I will watch Aston Villa games a bit closer, but apart from that when we meet them obviously then it's different. But it's good. "'That's for him the same, it must be the same. For these 95 minutes all sentiments have to be put aside, that's how it is. But, anyhow, it's great news."
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