Steven Gerrard has shut down any suggestion that he should replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager. Liverpool legend Gerrard has repeatedly been tipped to return to his former club as manager one day, and has done his own standing in the dugout no harm by leading Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title in emphatic fashion to end Celtic’s nine-year dominance. However, while the 40-year-old admits he would love return to the Reds in the future, he has no desires on the job at this precise time and has issued a passionate defence of Klopp, interrupting interviewer Peter Smith to dismiss speculation about the German’s future after he ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait to be crowned English champions last season.
Steven Gerrard said “The Liverpool fans don’t want me to be the manager of Liverpool Football Club. They want Jurgen Klopp to continue as manager and I am totally with all of them. I wish you knew how much we loved Jurgen Klopp. We have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute. I love him and we hope he stays for a few more years. I’ve got a job here, I don’t think its helpful to talk about this – I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years. Liverpool is my club. I had a fantastic journey as a player. I’m doing a completely different career path now. I’m happy in the job and role I’m in now. Is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is. But not yet and who’s to say I’ll ever be good enough? Who says I’ll be the owners’ choice? There’s a lot of managers on this planet who would all like the chance to manage Liverpool. I think we need to respect the guy that’s in charge first and foremost because he’s done an incredible job. He’s taken me to places in the last two or three years which have been incredible. The feeling. Me, my family and all the Liverpool supporters would all back that up. For me, let’s just get behind Jurgen.”
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