Ex-Liverpool right-back Jason McAteer says he does expect Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to take over from Jurgen Klopp when the German decides to leave Anfield.
The former Republic of Ireland international played alongside Gerrard in the late 90s for the Reds, and he predicts that the Gers boss could last two more seasons at Ibrox before taking on the mantle at his former club:
“Steven Gerrard made a clever move going to Rangers to begin his management career and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if stop two on his journey is Anfield. I’ve got an inkling that Gerrard will be the next Liverpool manager at the start of the 2021-22 season.”
“I’m confident Liverpool will win the Premier League this season under Jurgen Klopp and then he’ll stick around to try to retain the trophy for another season. And whether he succeeds or fails, my hunch is that he’ll walk away at that point and Stevie will step into his shoes.”
Speculation that Gerrard will one day become Liverpool manager will never go away but Klopp is certainly not nearing the end of his time at Anfield. His current contract expires in 2023, and there is no telling whether Gerrard will still be at Ibrox then.
Former teammates of Gerrard are, of course, always going to back their former colleague when being asked about the Liverpool job, but the man himself is only going to be focused on his current task at Rangers, where he has ambitions of lifting the Premiership title.