Mark Lawrenson thinks Liverpool appointing Steven Gerrard would be a ‘big gamble’ and warned the Rangers boss he should be ‘very, very careful’ with his next career move.
Gerrard secured Rangers’ 55th Scottish Premiership title and their first since the club’s demotion to the third division in 2012.
Celtic – who were chasing a 10th straight title win – slipped up at Dundee United on Sunday to guarantee Gerrard’s men would lift the title, with six games left to play.
With Liverpool struggling in the Premier League, and rumours suggesting Jurgen Klopp could walk away, some believe the time may have come for Reds legend Gerrard to return to Anfield.
Lawrenson, the former Liverpool centre-back, doesn’t see ‘Klopp going anywhere’ but thinks there will be a temptation to appoint Gerrard if he does decide his time is up.
And while he thinks the role would be too hard for Gerrard to turn down, he warned the former midfielder that it would be a ‘massive step’ up.
‘What I would say is that, for all the success at Rangers, managing Liverpool is on a different spectrum. It would be a massive step,’ Lawrenson told the BBC.
‘It would be a big gamble for the club’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – to appoint him.
‘I think the one-eyed Liverpool fan would be saying “Get Stevie G in” if Jurgen Klopp were to leave, but I think others would take a step back and go: “he’s done an absolutely fabulous job at Rangers, he was a great player, but maybe he would need to take another job in the Premier League first”.
‘I also don’t see Klopp going anywhere. He has been as close to Bill Shankly as the club have ever had, he won’t be losing his job anytime soon.
‘He’ll already be thinking about winning the Premiership again next season and the chance for a shot in the Champions League with Rangers will be at the forefront of his thinking too.
‘But, in the unlikely event that Liverpool come calling this summer, Steven could not say no. Because you won’t get asked twice.’