Peter Crouch has claimed that Steven Gerrard will be Jurgen Klopp’s most likely potential successor when the Liverpool boss desires a return to his homeland.
The German’s contract is currently set to expire in 2024 – the same expiration date for the former skipper’s terms at Rangers.
“I’m imagining St James’ Park under the lights against Barcelona in the Champions League, but that is potentially a few years down the line. Whether that fits with Stevie’s timeline will be key to his decision if an offer arrives,” the former Reds forward wrote for the Daily Mail (via the Mirror).
“Because let’s not mess about — here is Liverpool’s next manager. He has to be.
“Jurgen Klopp has that job for as long as he wants it, but he is not going to stay around forever.
“At some point, his family might want to move back to Germany. When that happens, Gerrard will be ready.”
Having secured the Gers’ first title in a decade, the ex-No.8 has already built up some significant credit to his name.
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The idea of Gerrard making a return to Liverpool as our manager is undoubtedly fairytale-esque.
Whilst there’s a certain appeal attached to the switch, however, it’s likely that our recruitment team may need to see – with all due respect to the Scottish top-flight – some more challenging work on the Englishman’s CV.
There’s no questioning the brilliance of the 41-year-old’s accomplishments in the Scottish Premiership, however, we have to bear in mind that Klopp was sourced for the job after having led Borussia Dortmund to two league titles and a Champions League final.
Replacing the former Mainz boss will be a task of epic proportions, though, given their history, we’d back our recruiters to find the right man for the job.
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I don’t want Gerrard as Liverpool’s next Manager, I want the best man for the job! It’s irrelevant to me wether he played for Liverpool, neither Rafa or Jurgen did and they did ok. Look at Ollie at Man United, he had the fans support but it’s beginning to Dawn on people he may not be up to the job.
It’s doubtful, given the standard of football he’s managing at, that Gerrard will be ready in 2024.
Go to Newcastle and do a far better job than was done at City in the early days – get them in the CL and do well, in addition to put in some sort of realistic challenge for the PL title over the next two and half seasons, and then, maybe, just maybe…………
Gerrard is not good enough to be Liverpool’s manager. Fans are too emotional like other club legends, this is not a formula for success.
FSG are too astute to fall for this trapping.