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Gerrard: Klopp will deliver title for Liverpool and I don't want his job... yet

The Anfield legend has impressed in a first managerial post at Rangers but insists he is in no rush to return to Merseyside and take the Reds’ reins.

 Steven Gerrard (file pic).
Steven Gerrard (file pic).

Updated at 17.13

STEVEN GERRARD BELIEVES Jurgen Klopp will deliver Premier League title success at Liverpool and has no desire to inherit the managerial reins at Anfield any time soon.

The former England captain spent his entire Premier League career with the Reds, before then moving into coaching within their academy system.

He decided to head out on his own over the summer, with Scottish giants Rangers handing him a high-profile post in which to cut his teeth.

Gerrard has impressed during his time at Ibrox, suggesting that he is destined to return to his roots at some stage, but he insists he is in no rush to head home as he is enjoying his current role and has seen Klopp oversee promising progress on Merseyside.

He told The Guardian: “Anything is possible. Do I want to be the Liverpool manager right now? No, I want to be the Rangers manager. I want to be successful at Rangers.

It’s a silly question if you ask do I want to be Liverpool manager one day. I think everyone on the planet knows the answer to that. But I love Jurgen Klopp and I believe he can help Liverpool win the Premier League.

“I know what it will mean to the fans because they suffered so much in 2014. So we’re in a great place – and I say ‘we’ because I’m a fan and always will be.

“But I’ve got two teams in my heart now. Rangers and Liverpool.”

Gerrard should be well placed to step into Klopp’s shoes if that opportunity ever presents itself, with the 38-year-old having taken as many lessons as possible from the German when working under and alongside him.

“I was like a sponge, watching and learning” added the ex-Liverpool skipper.

“I watch him on TV and see how he handles situations. I could never be Jurgen with his charisma and energy. But if I can take a few things from him it will be such a help. And if I text, call or see him, Jurgen’s always got time for me.

Jurgen’s really good at switching off. When the game is on he’s very emotional but once it’s over he can park the emotion.

“That’s why he’s so good at handling the pressure. After cup finals and a big setback, he’ll be the one to start the party.

“Tomorrow is a different day and that’s a big lesson I have to learn. I have to live my life outside football while still being a manager. It is difficult but I’m trying.”

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