Liverpool’s managerial situation remains clear and settled for the foreseeable future, with Jürgen Klopp signed on to guide the club through 2024 and every expectation that he will continue in his role at least until then.
One day, though, and quite possibly in the summer three years from now if Klopp needs time off from the game at that stage, there will be a conversation. And Kenny Dalglish says one of the names in it will be Steven Gerrard.
“It’s hypothetical, the job’s not available,” the Liverpool legend told the BBC. “[But] when it becomes available I’m sure Steven would be right up there in the contenders. He has done absolutely fantastic at Ibrox.”
A season or two ago, despite Gerrard’s status alongside Dalglish another Liverpool legend as a player, few would have picked the former captain as a potential replacement for Klopp when the German eventually leaves.
Such has been his success with Rangers, though—both in the Scottish league and in Europa League play—that it seems increasingly likely he will be worthy of consideration in a few years if he continues on his current trajectory.
That doesn’t mean he’ll get the Anfield job in 2024, and current assistant Pepijn Lijnders remains the likely favourite, but Gerrard’s Rangers success at least has him at a point where he might reasonably be in the conversation.
“For me it’s not a shock he’s done that well,” added Dalglish of the job Gerrard’s done so far in Scotland. “I always thought he’d be a really good manager wherever he went. He took a big step to go to Rangers.
“He knew the size of the club and what it means to millions of people. He took a chance, he’s a brave boy going there, and it’s worked out fantastically well for him.”