‘Fans will want him to win things straight away and that’s not easy’: Steven Gerrard is warned that succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool ‘would not be good’ by former team-mate Jose Enrique
- Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been tipped as a future Liverpool manager
- Jurgen Klopp is currently contracted to Liverpool until the summer of 2024
- Replicating Klopp’s success at Liverpool could be a tricky task for any manager
- Jose Enrique feels it would be tough for Gerrard if he was next in line at Anfield
Steven Gerrard has been warned against being the man to replace Jurgen Klopp at the helm of Liverpool.
The Liverpool legend has been hotly tipped to eventually replace Klopp, when the German’s contract expires at Anfield in 2024.
Gerrard is also contracted up until that point with Rangers and an emotional reunion could be on the cards for Gerrard with his boyhood club.
Steven Gerrard is one of the favourites to replace current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Klopp is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of his current deal which expires in 2024
Replacing Klopp’s success at Liverpool though could prove thankless for any manager
However replacing Klopp could prove to be a thankless task, and Gerrard’s former team-mate Jose Enrique said it ‘would not be good’ to replace Liverpool’s current manager.
He told Ladbrokes as per Goal: ‘I do not know who’ll replace Klopp, but I hope it won’t be a decision the club has to make any time soon.
‘Look at the difference he has had on the team, and the players who now want to come and play for us.
‘Before he came and even when he joined, it was Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, our best players at the time, who wanted to move to better teams, and now we have Thiago coming from Bayern – who have just won the treble – to play for Liverpool because Klopp has made us one of the best clubs in the world.
‘I believe Stevie will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good. Stevie is probably Liverpool’s best ever player and he’ll always be remembered as that, but to come in after Klopp fans will want him to win things straight away and that’s not easy.’
‘I really like how Stevie works as a manager and things are going really well for him at Rangers, but it would be difficult to change the way Liverpool work again after Klopp and achieve success immediately.
Jose Enrique says Gerrard should bide his time before becoming Liverpool manager
‘I would love him to one day manage Liverpool though.’
Klopp has done a remarkable job since he was appointed Liverpool manager in 2015, guiding them to their first league title since 1990 this year.
He has also won the Champions League, European Super Club and Club World Cup in the club’s most successful era in decades.
Whoever replaces Klopp will have some big shoes to fill, to try and emulate his success.
A return to Anfield as manager of Liverpool would be an emotional homecoming for Gerrard
A return to Liverpool would be an emotional homecoming for Gerrard, who is one of the club’s greatest ever players and he would be very determined to deliver the club a league title.
Klopp is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract, as he will then have spent nine years at the club, and has talked about wanting a break from football when he decides to leaves Anfield.
Gerrard meanwhile is looking to manage Rangers to their first league title since 2011 and his side currently lead the Scottish Premiership ahead of their match with Celtic on Saturday.