Sir Kenny Dalglish says Reds fans should not be thinking about losing Jurgen Klopp just yet – but that Steven Gerrard should be the man to take over when the German does eventually depart.
The talk this week has been that Klopp will leave to take the Germany national team job in three years when his Reds contract expires, hence why he has not yet signed an extension, though the club are still hopeful of convincing him to stay longer.
No matter when the plan is for Klopp to depart Anfield, a list of replacements will always be being considered behind the scenes.
Speaking to the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “The Liverpool manager stated that if he decides to call time on his career at Anfield a couple of years down the line, then Steven Gerrard would be his tip to take over from him.
“It’s a hypothetical scenario, but one that I can see the sense in. I’m sure Jurgen is only echoing the thoughts of most of the club’s supporters. However, let’s be clear. Jurgen is going nowhere, and nobody with the club at heart wants to see him depart.
“The time will come when he decides it’s time to take a break, and nobody would be critical of him for doing so. At some stage, everybody needs a rest, a time to draw breath and take stock.
“When that scenario unfolds, Steven Gerrard, I’m certain, will come into the thoughts of everyone.”
Gerrard would definitely be the popular choice and very few fans would be against his appointment. Klopp’s Dutch assistant Pep Lijnders will also be on the shortlist – he is incredibly highly-rated and knows and understands the team inside out.
Hopefully, though, Klopp will sign a new deal with the Reds that will keep him at the club past 2021, delaying the search for his successor for a few more years.