Steven Gerrard says he would love to be Liverpool manager one day but does not want that to be any time soon, believing Jurgen Klopp should remain in charge for ‘a few more years’ to come.
With Klopp struggling this season at Anfield and Gerrard flourishing as Rangers boss, the former Reds captain has been labelled as an obvious replacement for the German.
This has been seen by many as a long-term plan, but with Liverpool relinquishing their Premier League title in quite feeble fashion and Rangers claiming the Scottish Premiership impressively, there is the possibility that the long-term ploy could be brought forward.
Gerrard says he has no intention of replacing Klopp any time soon, though, and wants the German to remain in charge for the foreseeable future.
‘I love him, we hope he stays for a few more years – I’ve got a job here, I don’t think its helpful to talk about this – I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years.’
Rangers won their first league title since 2011 this season and Gerrard is set on retaining the crown they regained from bitter rivals Celtic next campaign.
However, he makes no secret of the fact that taking charge at Anfield is a dream, if he can prove his worth beforehand.
‘Liverpool is my club… is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is. But not yet and who’s to say I’ll ever be good enough?’ Gerrard said.
‘There’s a lot of managers on this planet. We need to respect Jurgen first and foremost.’
‘I cannot speak for him but if you ask me right now, the most likely scenario will be that he will be with Rangers until the end of his contract, at least, and he will build on the win, I think he can defend a title and go on and do well in Europe for Rangers as well,’ King told Sky Sports.
‘And I think the time will go, maybe three or four years, where there will be opportunities and I would say a dream career would be Rangers, Liverpool, England for Steven.
‘The dream is happening so far – he has come into Rangers, he has had to achieve and he has done that so far and is very much on track but I do not see any possibility of Steven leaving Rangers for Liverpool in the next couple of years.’