Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes Steven Gerrard is in line to take over from Jurgen Klopp as the next Reds manager after proving his worth in a stint as Rangers boss.
Gerrard looks set to end Celtic’s domination of Scottish football after his Rangers side won Saturday’s Old Firm clash against their great rivals and opened up a 19-point lead on them.
Graeme Souness followed the same path as he managed Rangers before getting his crack as Liverpool boss in 1990. Now Thompson believes Gerrard will get the keys of power at Anfield.
“If it was good enough for Graeme Souness to get his first managerial job at Rangers and then get Liverpool off the back of it, I would think Steven’s got a fair chance of succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool,” stated Thompson on the Paddy Power’s podcast From The Horse’s Mouth.
“Rangers were in a better position when Graeme went in there than what they were under Stevie. And when Klopp signed that new contract, the next day, lo and behold, Stevie Gerrard signed a new contract with Rangers to the same year.
“The thing with Stevie is he took on a very difficult job at Rangers. It wasn’t easy going in there with the success of Celtic.
“I feared for him, because I thought they were so far behind that it would take five to seven years before you could actually change things. But Celtic got a bit sloppy, and Stevie has recruited very well.
Working under Klopp a big advantage
“So he’s obviously the one that comes to mind when it comes to next Liverpool manager. But he also had two years as a youth coach at Liverpool, watched how Jurgen worked, how he coached and trained, so he had a good insight into how Klopp does thing – which will help him going forward, because you’d not like to deviate too much if you do come down here.
“Before he started at Ibrox, Stevie asked me to have a word with his assistant, Tom Culshaw, who was going up to Rangers with him – and I told him ‘trust in Stevie, never ever let him down, never talk behind his back, not even if you think he won’t find out, you have to give him 100% trust, and he will give you that back’.
“I do fear for Liverpool’s time under Klopp. I know we’ve still got a few more years of the guy. I’ve never thought about managers, they’ve come and gone, and I’ve never really worried. We’ll always be there or thereabouts.
“I worry for us if and when Jurgen does go – because he’s given us something extra special. If Liverpool carry on, as I hope, winning trophies, it will be difficult to follow Klopp.”