In 2024, both Jürgen Klopp’s contract ends with Liverpool and Steven Gerrard’s contract ends with Rangers. There is an increasing feeling that we will see both managers leave respective clubs.
Steven Gerrard has done a great job so far with the club, guiding them to the Round of 16 of the Europa League, the furthest the Glaswegian side have been in Europe since the 2010/11 season.
Gerrard previously worked for the Liverpool under 18 and 19 teams. With Jürgen Klopp’s contract ending and the German stating how he wants to take a break from management after he leaves Liverpool, will Gerrard be the man to replace Klopp as Liverpool manager?
With the current trend of former players managing the clubs they played for, Liverpool could be another team to continue this.
We have seen Thierry Henry manage former club Monaco. Andrea Pirlo was appointed manager of Juventus in the summer.
Chelsea are currently managed by all time top scorer Frank Lampard and former Wales and Manchester United Ryan Giggs manages the Welsh national side and also was interim manager of Man United after David Moyes’ sacking.
Is Steven Gerrard Ready For The Job?
It is simple. If you’re good enough, you are ready.
Steven Gerrard is in his third season as Rangers manager and the blue half of Glasgow are currently top of the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard has been linked with moves to several Premier League and EFL Championship. He will have the test of Europe most seasons with Rangers but managing in the Premier League is a different proposition, especially with one of the top teams. He needs to make sure he is prepared for what seems an eventuality.
Do Liverpool fans want Steven Gerrard as their manager once Klopp leaves?
Big Shoes To Fill
It will be a sad day for the football club when Klopp departs, after the achievements made by the German since he was appointed Liverpool manager in 2015.
The 30 year wait was over after Jürgen made Liverpool champions of England once again last season.
During Klopp’s tenure, the red half of Merseyside have won a Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and a Champions League. They have also been runners up in the Champions League, Premier League, League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield.
There will most likely be a statue of Jürgen Klopp one day in Liverpool. This will be a hard job for anyone to follow, let alone a club legend.
Steven Gerrard is seen by many as Liverpool’s best player of the Premier League era, with some even saying the best of all time.
As well as Steven Gerrard has done with Rangers, it is no guarantee that he would do as well as Liverpool manager.
If Gerrard was to struggle as manager, there is the potential of some Liverpool fans wanting him sacked. With players at Liverpool such as Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all above the age of 26, it is likely that they will not be their prime by the time it gets to 2024.
This could mean that Gerrard comes into the job with the club in rebuilding mode.
Noone wants to see a club legend be criticised by fans, but this is the risk that clubs such as Chelsea and Juventus are taking by hiring ex players.
Xabi Alonso could be the curveball with his current work managing the Real Sociedad B team. However, it appears more and more inevitable that Steven Gerrard will become manager of his boyhood club once Jürgen Klopp departs in 2024.