Steven Gerrard explains why he may not be the ‘right man’ to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool


Few Liverpool fans would turn down the opportunity to see Steven Gerrard managing the club one day.

While their adoration of Jurgen Klopp can’t be underestimated, having the former Reds midfielder at the helm would be something else entirely.

Gerrard has already begun the second phase of his football career with Rangers, taking his first senior role barely 18 months after retiring as a player for LA Galaxy.

Working as part of the Liverpool youth academy coaching staff has prepared him well for life on the touchline in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers are currently three points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic - who are in pole position to secure their eighth consecutive league title.

Although Gerrard’s confident start has led to talk he’ll inevitably go on to bigger things, his mind his focused solely on the task at hand.

“I am desperate to be successful at Rangers. I understand the size of the club, and how much the fans want success. I am committed to it. I am giving everything I have got,” he told Jamie Carragher in an interview for the Telegraph.

“Whether that leads to an extension here or on to a different challenge, I don’t know. That would depend on the challenge. But I do not see myself as someone who will end up managing 10 or 12 different clubs, going here there and everywhere and different countries. Right now, I just don’t see that. And this job has all my attention.”

But what if the ‘next challenge’ came in the form of his beloved Liverpool?

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Well, as much as the Kop would love such a situation to transpire, Gerrard has other ideas.

“Liverpool have one of the best managers in the world and are flying high. Just because you have been a successful player does not mean you have the divine right to be next in the queue,” he said.

“Just because you are popular with the fans it does not make you the right man to replace [Jurgen] Klopp, if and when he goes. It is very presumptuous.

“It is also disrespectful to Rangers given the size of this club and everything they have gone through to just assume I have come here to learn and use it as a stepping stone to Liverpool. I do not see it like that, although that talk is something I cannot control.”

It’s perhaps a sensible view for the time being, but surely Gerrard must be taking note of the impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making at Manchester United.

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