Steven Gerrard offers realistic perspective on replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard admits his prestigious playing career and legendary status at Liverpool does not guarantee he is “next in line to be manager”.

Gerrard, 40, is consistently linked with the Anfield hot seat and is seen by many as the heir to current boss Jurgen Klopp.

The former midfielder, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool, has enjoyed a promising start to his managerial career and led Rangers to a commanding lead in the Scottish Premiership this season.

But Gerrard is well aware there will be a lengthy queue of “top-class managers” lining up to replace Klopp when the German calls time on his successful Liverpool tenure.

The ex-England captain told The Athletic : “I get asked this question a lot and, for me, what will be will be. Would I love to be the coach of Liverpool one day? Is it a dream? Of course.

“It’s a club that means everything to me but we’ve one of, if not the best, managers in the world who has been absolutely incredible since he came through the door.

“And the success he’s delivered in the last couple of years means that Liverpool are in a fantastic place. Long may that continue.

“The club have been absolutely amazing with me throughout my playing career, I still watch all of the games, my relationships are still very strong, I’ve still got ex-team-mates playing in the team and that’s where it is. There’s nothing else to really discuss on it.

“The people who say that… who knows? It’s very difficult to predict the future. Just because I was a good player for Liverpool and had the career I had there, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re next in line to be manager.

“You know and I know, if one day that job ever becomes available, there will be a queue a mile long, full of top-class managers. It doesn’t mean you’re the best person for the job.”

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