Pundit claims Liverpool have a ready-made Klopp replacement

Liverpool have a ready-made Jurgen Klopp replacement in the form of Steven Gerrard, according to former Rangers striker Ally McCoist.

Rangers boss Gerrard has built up a 19-point lead over arch-rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, while he has also led them into the last-32 of the Europa League.

The former Liverpool midfielder is a legend at Anfield, captaining the club to the Champions League and appearing over 700 times for the Reds during his playing days.


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And McCoist expects Gerrard’s “natural progression” after leaving Rangers would be to join Liverpool as their manager.

McCoist told The Sun: “I’ve never asked Steven this but most people accept his natural progression would be to manage Liverpool one day.

“Clearly to achieve that he must be successful at Rangers and that means winning trophies.

“Celtic dominated for a decade and credit them for that — even though a lot of titles came with Rangers fighting their own troubles down the divisions.

“But Rangers are back now. The first trophy is always the hardest to win but when they do, Steven will really be off and running.

“Klopp was given time to get it right at Liverpool and it took three full seasons to win his first trophy, the Champions’ League success in 2019.

“Similarly, this is Steven’s third Rangers season and it is crunch time.

 

“It’s ridiculous to think he’d be under pressure if he doesn’t win anything this season, considering the progress Rangers has made.

“But I know from experience, you must deliver major trophies if you wish to remain Rangers manager.

“Like Liverpool with Klopp, the Rangers board has shown faith in Steven after two seasons without a trophy and the reward is an outstanding season at home and in Europe . . . so far.”

McCoist added: “I’m sure many see Steven as the eventual successor to Jurgen at Liverpool. I’m also sure Liverpool FC and Steven would like to see that happen in time.

“But right now he isn’t going to get better experience in terms of a high-pressure, high-profile role than being manager of Rangers.

“He made the correct call to accept the job three years ago and at this moment in time I think he is enjoying it.”

 

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