Xabi Alonso has told the Daily Record that Steven Gerrard will eventually become Liverpool manager as he continues to impress as Rangers boss in the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard, 39, has won 48 of his 80 league and cup matches in charge of Rangers, and has guided his side to the top of the table. Celtic suffered defeat to Livingston on the weekend, while Rangers leapfrogged them with a win over Hamilton.
The former England captain has guided Rangers into the Europa League group stage twice in two seasons, but is yet to win a trophy since taking over in the summer of 2018. There has been plenty of talk that Gerrard will replace Klopp.
The German looks unlikely to leave soon, with his contract stretching until the summer of 2022. But Alonso, who partnered Gerrard in the 2005 Champions League final, believes Gerrard will eventually replace Klopp at Anfield.
“Stevie is doing a great job at Rangers and Jurgen is doing a great job at Liverpool,” Alonso said. “But on the day Stevie retired I said one day he would coach Liverpool and I still believe that.”
TBR’s view – Will Gerrard remain at Rangers until Liverpool vacancy?
Gerrard has taken Rangers enormous strides already. His aim at Ibrox will be to stop 10 in a row, and would halt Celtic at the eight-title stage if they win the league this season.
But how long will he have to remain at Rangers before the Liverpool opportunity arises? Klopp’s position as Liverpool boss makes the German look almost unsackable.
Gerrard may have to gain experience somewhere else, before the Liverpool chance arises.