Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has backed Steven Gerrard to become Liverpool manager one day – but admits there are some doubts.
Gerrard represented Liverpool with pride for 17 years, lifting the Champions League trophy as captain in 2005. The midfielder remains in Liverpool’s top five all-time goalscorers and players with the most appearances.
Given the connection between the player and his boyhood club, it seems inevitable their paths will cross again in future. Many believe Gerrard will one day return to Liverpool as manager.
Since retiring in 2016, Gerrard has begun a coaching career with the long-term goal of doing just that. His first coaching job was as a youth coach at Liverpool.
Since then, he has taken his first steps into management. Rangers appointed him in 2018, and he has led them to back-to-back second place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard is hoping to go one better this season, with his side currently leading the way by nine points (although rivals Celtic have two games in hand).
While is currently striving for success in Scotland, the long-term plan could see him return to Anfield in the future. Coincidentally, his contract at Rangers expires at the same time as current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s.
Both managers signed their respective new contracts at similar times, leading some to speculate that Gerrard was being lined up as Klopp’s replacement when he leaves in 2024.
Johnson says Gerrard must pick right time
However, Gerrard’s former teammate Johnson has warned that nobody can predict what will happen in the four years until then. He does, though, think the 40-year-old would relish the chance to manage Liverpool.
“Yeah definitely. He’s Mr Liverpool, he loves the city in and out and he’s similar to Lamps [Frank Lampard], he’s got the right temperament for it,” Johnson told Compare.bet.
“It’s one of those roles, where, with Liverpool doing so well, who would want to step into Klopp’s shoes when he leaves?
“It’s a difficult one, you kind of can’t win.
“It’s all about timing though, we have no idea what’s going to happen in four years’ time.
“But when the door does open if Gerrard thinks it’s the right time, I’m sure he’ll take the job.”
Gerrard has a win rate of 63.7 per cent at Rangers. Klopp has led Liverpool to the Premier League and Champions League, among other trophies, during his time on Merseyside.