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Report: Owners identify Gerrard as Klopp successor

Steven Gerrard is the man that the Liverpool owners see as the perfect replacement for Jurgen Klopp.

 

Reports coming from Germany say that their football federation are growing more confident that Klopp will say yes to succeeding current national manager Joachim Low.

 

The under-fire 61 year-old has a contract until the end of next years World Cup in Qatar but there is a strong belief that he will not get to that point if Germany struggle in the European Championships this summer.

 

Low has been in charge of Germany since 2006 and in that time has won the World Cup in 2014 and runners-up in the 2008 European Championships.

 

The defence to their World Cup triumph at Russia 2018 was shambolic to say the least ast they finished bottom of their group and the first time in 80 years that the powerhouse had been eliminated in the group stage.

 

Since that time, the spotlight has been well and truly in Low and results have been inconsistent,to say the least with their last game in the Nations League being a 6-0 humbling at the hands of Spain.

 

Klopp’s current contract with the Reds ends in 2024 and in the midst of the tough current run the team is on, there has been speculation that he may look to move on before then.

 

The man himself has categorically denied any thoughts of leaving, but if Klopp is lured to the national job before time, The Mirror reports it appears Gerrard is the man that John Henry and Tom Werner have identified as the successor.

 

This is certainly not the first time that the former talismanic captain has been linked to the post,and while at first it may have been purely on his playing deeds, Gerrard has certainly grown into his managerial craft north of the border after previously doing some very impressive work at the Liverpool academy.

 

The Champions League winning captain is on the cusp of guiding Rangers to their first league title since the 2010/11 season, ending the stranglehold that Celtic had on the league.

 

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Gerrard has also done fine work in the Europa League as Rangers have advanced to the R16 stage for the second season in a row.

 

The argument against appointing Gerrard is somewhat valid when you consider the gulf in standard between the Scottish and Premier League and taking on a job as big as Liverpool at such a young age that could set him back immeasurably if it does not go well. 

 

We saw what happened at Chelsea when Frank Lampard took on the role which in hindsight was a bit too early in his managerial career.

 

Gerrard has not hidden his ambitions of taking over the managerial hot-seat at his boyhood club, but to this point in time he is going about things in a very considered fashion.

 

Whether he decides to build a culture of success at Rangers much like Brendan Rodgers did at Celtic before coming back to England will be interesting to note.

 

In a perfect world Liverpool will hold on to Jurgen until the end of his current contract but as we know all too well, things do not often go to strictly to plan.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Freddo said:

I guess Gerrard took a lot of identifying. Jesus. It would be the easiest and laziest appointment going. Not for me either. 

In all probability it'll be back to battling for a top 4 spot and the league Cup. 

Exactly where our spending should have us.  You're not going to find a manager who can punch above his weight every year. 

 

Whoever replaces klopp is onto a hiding for nothing. 

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Gerrard has done well in a League that doesn’t have a lot going for it other than they can kick lumps out of each other more than in the Premier League without getting sent off.

He’s not got the same money to spend or class of player, but has managed to get them to the latter stages of the EL and is romping away with the League, but it’s still a million miles away from being manager of LFC.

Perhaps he’s serving his apprenticeship in the way FSG might want him to, we don’t know, but it might not be beyond imagination to think he asked what he might have to show before taking the reins here at some point.

That point might not be when Klopp goes, but afterwards, because if he’s got any sense, he shouldn’t be the next manager of the club, especially if we recover well next season.

Should Jurgen leave in the near future, I would expect Nuno Espírito Santo or similar to be given a shot at it.

Or even Ancellotti.

 

 

 

(Puts on Tin hat!)

 

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6 minutes ago, coachpotato said:

Gerrard has done well in a League that doesn’t have a lot going for it other than they can kick lumps out of each other more than in the Premier League without getting sent off.

He’s not got the same money to spend or class of player, but has managed to get them to the latter stages of the EL and is romping away with the League, but it’s still a million miles away from being manager of LFC.

Perhaps he’s serving his apprenticeship in the way FSG might want him to, we don’t know, but it might not be beyond imagination to think he asked what he might have to show before taking the reins here at some point.

That point might not be when Klopp goes, but afterwards, because if he’s got any sense, he shouldn’t be the next manager of the club, especially if we recover well next season.

Should Jurgen leave in the near future, I would expect Nuno Espírito Santo or similar to be given a shot at it.

Or even Ancellotti.

 

 

 

(Puts on Tin hat!)

 

The main thing to hope here, is this isn't a decision for this summer. I wouldn't be shocked to see klopp leave before the end of his contract - in fact if the Germany job is available after the WC, it would be a shock if he doesn't want it as it's not a job that comes up often. I'm pretty sure Löw was the manager when Beckenbauer was still playing. 

 

It's no secret Gerrard wants the job - I don't particularly subscribe to this point of view you have to be a manager for X amount of years. Lack of experience never stopped Kenny in 85  and experience wasn't much help to Roy Hodgson. The experience of captaining Liverpool and managing Rangers will have helped with loads of the parts of being Liverpool manager and I would like to think if Stevie was next in line, klopp wouldn't take our entire backroom with him, so he'd come in surrounded by the backroom team klopp has built. 

 

Honestly I don't think Gerrard managing Leicester or something would bring any preparation for Gerrard aside from re-familiarising him with the Premier League. Every single coach we hire after klopp is not just a gamble, but also has an incredible job on his hand, because klopps personality is stamped all over us. Personally I think putting the club in the hands of a club legend at that point, with all the support that brings, could actually be the best thing to do. But let's hope it's not just yet. 

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9 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

Personally I think putting the club in the hands of a club legend at that point, with all the support that brings, could actually be the best thing to do.

Exactly. Cometh the hour.... 

 

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12 minutes ago, suzy said:

Would Klopp actually want to manage a national team?

I think he does, I suspect it's just a question of when. I also think he'd have an excellent chance at winning either the World Cup or European Championship if he did.

 

Id naturally be gutted if and when he decides he wants to move on. But he'll go with my gratitude and thanks for what he's done here.

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Klopp is under contract until 2024, and I’m pretty sure he’s been on record as saying he’s never broken a contract, plus I’m sure he’s also said when he’s finished at Liverpool his intention is to take a year out. Whether the pandemic has changed his thinking, who knows?

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Don’t want Gerrard anywhere near the team for a good few years yet, should he even prove himself worthy for it.

 

Sorry but some success in Scottish football doesn’t cut it for me as, well, it’s Scottish football.  
 

 

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3 minutes ago, Juniper said:

Don’t want Gerrard anywhere near the team for a good few years yet, should he even prove himself worthy for it.

 

Sorry but some success in Scottish football doesn’t cut it for me as, well, it’s Scottish football.  
 

 


Yeah, I don’t really see how it would be any more predictive of Premier League success than signing a striker who scores 20+ per season there having not really proven he can cut it at a higher level.
 

It’s just not the same and, to be honest, unless he does something really outstanding in the Europa by winning the thing, I’d be more optimistic about Gerrard’s prospects if he had stayed at the club and learned from Klopp.

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The way the likes of Arteta and Lampard got big jobs with teams they used to play for, we're lucky Gerrard has even proven himself as a top manager in Scotland. Let's be honest, there's a chance that even had he stayed as the LFC u18 manager or U23 and that was the height of his experience, he'd have still been considered a serious candidate to manage us.  

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Klopp will see his contract out - in footy that is the far future. Stevie will have been managing what 6 or 7 years by then? I would have no problem in a few years time if he is a candidate. Far preferred to someone like Ancelotti for me at that point.

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1 hour ago, Vincent Vega said:

Klopp is under contract until 2024, and I’m pretty sure he’s been on record as saying he’s never broken a contract, plus I’m sure he’s also said when he’s finished at Liverpool his intention is to take a year out. Whether the pandemic has changed his thinking, who knows?

Taking an international role though brings a different pressure on you lifestyle. He also said he'd take a year out after leaving Dortmund, yet he was in charge of us by the 9th league game of the season. I am sure the opportunity trumps a break - and who knows, perhaps he has a break option should the international job come up? It's not like we'd advertise that is it? Surely if this season teaches us anything, it's that absolutely anything is possible. 

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8 minutes ago, 3 Stacks said:

The way the likes of Arteta and Lampard got big jobs with teams they used to play for, we're lucky Gerrard has even proven himself as a top manager in Scotland. Let's be honest, there's a chance that even had he stayed as the LFC u18 manager or U23 and that was the height of his experience, he'd have still been considered a serious candidate to manage us.  

I’d have preferred he stayed with us, or at least returns to join the coaching staff for a couple of years before Klopp leaves. I can’t help but look to our run from Shankly to Dalglish and United under Ferguson and think that, more than any player or group of players, consistency and stability was a gigantic factor in their long term domination.

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2 minutes ago, Barrington Womble said:

Taking an international role though brings a different pressure on you lifestyle. 

I am not sure Klopp's methods translate to a group of players he works with a few weeks at a time. His biggest strengths are not really tactical and especially not in game changes. He builds a culture from within. Can't do that for Germany. I do think he would like to try.

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4 minutes ago, TheDrowningMan said:

I’d have preferred he stayed with us. I can’t help but look to our run from Shankly to Dalglish and United under Ferguson and think that, more than any player or group of players, consistency and stability was a gigantic factor in their long term domination.

Gerrard obviously "knows the club" and I'm sure he still talks to Klopp. That he's left and is proving himself elsewhere is a good thing. The important thing is to show he's a good manager and he's starting to do that. 

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1 hour ago, Barrington Womble said:

Taking an international role though brings a different pressure on you lifestyle. He also said he'd take a year out after leaving Dortmund, yet he was in charge of us by the 9th league game of the season. I am sure the opportunity trumps a break - and who knows, perhaps he has a break option should the international job come up? It's not like we'd advertise that is it? Surely if this season teaches us anything, it's that absolutely anything is possible. 

That’s a good point

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