Steven Gerrard has been assisted by PHIL THOMPSON to follow the direction of Graeme Souness and become Liverpool coach when he finishes his time at Rangers.
After Saturday’s Old Firm victory, which took Rangers 19 points ahead of Celtic in the Premier League title chase, the 40-year-old is on course to win his first silverware in management.
Gerrard has long been touted as a natural successor to Klopp at Anfield, but as he focuses all his attention on lifting trophies at Ibrox, he has always downplayed the prospect.
The dream for Gerrard is closer than ever, and Reds legend Thomspon claims that at some point the Light Blues coach is well on his way to making an emotional return to Merseyside.
“If it was good enough for Graeme Souness to get his first Rangers managerial job and then take over Liverpool, I would think Steven would have a fair chance of following Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool,” Thompson said.
When Graeme went there, Rangers were in a better position than they were under Stevie. And the next day, lo and behold, when Klopp signed a new contract, Stevie Gerrard signed a new contract for the same year with Rangers.
“The thing with Stevie is that at Rangers he took on a very tough task. With Celtic’s popularity, it wasn’t easy to get in there.
I was scared of him because I felt they were so far behind that it would probably take five to seven years for things to turn around. But Celtic got a little rusty and Stevie was really good at recruiting.
“So he’s obviously the one that comes to mind when it comes to the next Liverpool manager. But he’s also been a youth coach at Liverpool for two years, seen how Jurgen works, how he coaches and trains, so he’s had a good insight into the way Klopp goes about things – which will help him in the future because you don’t want to deviate too much when you come here.”
Since being named Rangers manager in May 2018, Gerrard has had a transformative impact on and off the pitch at Ibrox, and now looks set to produce the first silverware of his tenure following the derby win over Neil Lennon’s side.
Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Colin Stewart are helping the former Liverpool and England captain and his work in the transfer market has greatly improved the consistency and value of the Gers squad in recent years.
Gerrard would like to follow the lead of Klopp now and accomplish the long-awaited title success. That could pave the way in the years to come for him to take the top job at Anfield.
Thompson said, “Stevie asked me to speak to his assistant Tom Culshaw, who went with him to the Rangers before he started at Ibrox, and I told him, ‘Trust Stevie, never let him down, never speak behind his back, even if you don’t think he’s going to find out, you’ve got to give him 100% confidence and he’s going to give it back to you.'”
“I’m afraid of Liverpool being under Klopp. I realize we’ve got him for a few more years. I never thought of bosses, because they came and went, and I never really cared about them. We will still be there or something like that.
“But with Jürgen, I worry about us if and when he goes – because he gave us something very special. If Liverpool keep winning trophies, as I hope they will, it will be difficult to follow Klopp.”
On Paddy Power’s podcast, From The Horse’s Mouth, which you can listen to at podfollow.com/horsesmouth, Phil Thompson spoke.