While the belief of many is that current Jürgen Klopp assistant Pepijn Lijnders is seen as something of the manager in waiting by Liverpool’s hierarchy as the club look to establish a modern dynasty and new boot room, there’s a bigger name out there.
There’s always a one other, bigger name out there when it comes to potential future Liverpool managers. That bigger name. Former captain and club legend Steven Gerrard, who’s currently managing Rangers but admitted this week his dream is Anfield.
“My aim, my dream, would be to manage Liverpool Football Club,” Gerrard told former teammate Jamie Carragher on his Greatest Game podcast, with the full episode set to be released early in the new year. “Of course it would.”
With Klopp having extended his contract at Anfield through 2024, it gives Gerrard a little more time to perhaps show with Rangers that he’s got what it takes to take over at the club he spent the majority of his career securing legendary status with.
Whether a few good years with Rangers as they try to chase Celtic down in the Scottish Premier League is enough to earn the Liverpool job—or whether he has enough time before 2024 to head elsewhere and do so—is another question entirely.
Still, even if that’s a date that might come too soon, and even if a few good years at Rangers may well not be enough to earn the Liverpool job, and even if Lijnders really is the manager in waiting that many suspect he is, there’s time for Gerrard.
His career as a manager is only just starting, and whether he’s the man to follow Klopp or not, there’s no doubt he has time on his side when it comes to proving he has what it takes to manage the club he spent so many years playing for.