Steven Gerrard Tipped To Become The Liverpool Manager In 2021
Jason McAteer thinks former teammate Steven Gerrard will be the next Liverpool manager when Jurgen Klopp decides to leave the club.
The 48-year-old, who played with The Reds from 1995 until 1999, believes the current Rangers boss will take over at Anfield at the start of the 2021/22 season after Klopp has won a Premier League title.
In a column for the Racing Post, McAteer gave his prediction in a quite bold statement.
"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," McAteer
"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. With Stevie, he would be able to walk into a dressing room full of fabulous players and have an outstanding opportunity to continue Jurgen's work."
McAteer then suggested that Gerrard would be given the opportunity to put his stamp on the team.
"Of course, he would be given a lot of time by fans because of his reputation and his legacy.
"He would certainly look at what Frank Lampard has achieved at Chelsea, where he is doing a magnificent job.
"I'm sure Frank would tell you he hadn't expected it to go this well but he always had the cushion of knowing he had time in the bank because of his status among the fans at Stamford Bridge."
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Gerrard as the next Liverpool manager would be an outcome many fans would love to see in the coming years. And the man himself has opened up about potentially becoming the big boss one day.
In an interview with France Football, the 38-year-old admitted that Liverpool hold a very special place in his heart.
"Today, I am very happy to be at Rangers and happy to do this job. I want to give the best of myself for Rangers." he said.
"But nobody knows the future... Liverpool is a very special place for me. One day, maybe it will happen... or not."
Having called time on his glittering career in 2016, Gerrard is working towards becoming a world class manager in football, and his first move to Rangers continues to throw its challenges at the former captain.
Gerrard previously managed Liverpool's under 18 side and was hugely successful, but whether he'd be a success in the Premier League is another question.
As mentioned earlier, the majority of Liverpool fans one day dream of Gerrard becoming their manager at some point in the future.
This interview from last year suggests he will be a hit with any club who hires him.
"Mentality."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2018
Speaking in 2017, Steven Gerrard on what it takes to reach the highest level of the game. A fascinating listen :speaking_head: pic.twitter.com/V7izTjMo16
In the above clip, Gerrard gave us all a glimpse of how his managerial head thinks:
He talks about how when he was a young player coming through the ranks, he was obsessed with being the best and would not settle for anything less.
The 38-year-old also stresses to young players that talent will only take them so far, the drive, hunger and desire is the other side of the game.
If any young football wants advice, listening carefully to Gerrard's words - it is a very good place to start.
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