Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher believes that long-time team-mate and current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could be the man to succeed Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield dugout.
In a year that has seen Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, return to the club in a managerial capacity, Carragher feels that a similar legend-come-manager story could develop at Liverpool, with Gerrard’s status at the club indicated by The Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe citing him as the Reds’ greatest-ever player.
The Mirror reported quotes from Carragher backing his former Liverpool team-mate to earn the managerial gig at Anfield on merit rather than name alone.
Carragher said: “With managers it’s all about timing, really. Who knows when Jurgen Klopp is going to go?
“Stevie could be having a difficult time here, he could be somewhere else or he could be absolutely flying at Rangers and people are thinking he’s made for the Liverpool job.
“Stevie will be in the reckoning because he is Steven Gerrard. But more importantly, because he is doing really well as a manager.
“There’s no doubt that the more experiences he has will enhance him in his managerial career, but there’s nothing to say he couldn’t go straight from Rangers to Liverpool.”
Carragher is correct in saying that Gerrard’s managerial record since taking the Rangers job in summer 2018 has been impressive.
In 81 matches for the Glasgow club so far, the 39-year-old has won 48, drawn 21 and lost only 12, giving him a win percentage of 59.3%. Rangers have scored 168 goals under his watch (2.07 per game) and conceded just 55 (0.68 per game). [via TransferMarkt]
He finished second in the Scottish Premiership with the ‘Gers last season and they ended within nine points of champions Celtic, having been third and 12 points behind their crosstown rivals at the end of 2017/18.
He also masterminded two victories over the Hoops last term, ending a seven-season wait to beat their rivals when penalty shoot-outs are excluded, and currently has Rangers leading the Premiership.
He has taken the ‘Gers into the Europa League group stages in both of his seasons in charge, with their 2017/18 European campaign ending in humiliation under Pedro Caixinha after losing to Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn in the first qualifying round.
Gerrard has done all this in his first managerial job at senior level, and while a Champions League-winning manager in Klopp would be a hard act to follow at Anfield, he could look at how Lampard has gone to Chelsea having only managed Derby previously and enjoyed a respectable start to the season with them, with the Blues fifth in the table just two points off Manchester City in second.
If Gerrard can continue to build on the progress he has made at Rangers and maybe deliver a Premiership title, Carragher’s claims that the 39-year-old could manage Liverpool would be given even more weight.
Liverpool fans, do you agree with Carragher’s view that Gerrard could be a worthy successor to Klopp at Anfield further down the line? Share your views in the comments section below!
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