Steven Gerrard might be Liverpool’s manager by 2022, and the job at Villa won’t be difficult in the interim.

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Steven Gerrard might be Liverpool’s manager by 2022, and the job at Villa won’t be difficult in the interim.

MERSON, PAUL COLUMN: All Steven Gerrard has to do now is keep the ship afloat at Aston Villa, and he’ll be in line to follow Jurgen Klopp; PLUS Eddie Howe’s important Newcastle games; AND Conor Gallagher’s England luck Steven Gerrard is using Aston Villa as a stepping stone to Liverpool.

And, if things go his way, he could be playing at Anfield next season. Stranger things have occurred in the past.

One day, Gerrard will be the manager of Liverpool. He’s heading in the correct direction. That, I’m sure, is his goal. He’ll have a strategy. This is all part of the adventure.

Sitting here today, you’d assume he has no chance of taking over as manager of Liverpool next season.

Football, on the other hand, is a fast-paced sport. If you had told me a year ago that Dean Smith would be out of a job, I would have laughed.

It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Who else will Liverpool target if they have a horrible start next season or if Jurgen Klopp wakes up one morning and chooses to leave? If Steven Gerrard performs well for Villa in the Premier League, he will undoubtedly be Liverpool’s first choice.

Because there is so much competition, this is a lot more difficult job than Rangers. And the players are gone on international duty, so it’s off to a bad start.

In addition, he has a difficult first game in Brighton. They’re a good club, but the fans expect them to lose at Villa Park, so there’s some pressure on him to do well in his debut.

The issue is, Villa aren’t expecting to finish in the top six this season. Why should Villa believe they can stroll right in when Arsenal and Tottenham are struggling? So all he needs to do now is keep the ship afloat and keep everyone safe, and if they end in the middle of the table, he’ll have accomplished something, in my perspective.

When do you believe Jurgen Klopp will step down as Liverpool manager, and should Steven Gerrard take over? Please share your thoughts in the comments area.

They aren’t going anywhere. They wouldn’t have gone down either if Dean Smith had been in charge. So it’s not a really difficult task.

Dean Smith’s dismissal stunned me. I figured he’d already accumulated enough brownie points. Last season, he kept them in the Premier League.

I believe he is extremely unfortunate. They’ve just had a terrible run at an inopportune time. But I’m confident he could have made it work.

It appears to be the case, according to Brinkwire’s news report.

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