Steven Gerrard a ready-made Jurgen Klopp replacement when Liverpool need him, claims Rangers legend Ally McCoist
ALLY McCOIST says Liverpool have an oven-ready replacement for King of the Kop Jurgen Klopp when he vacates his throne — Steven Gerrard.
But for selfish reasons “Super Ally” hopes the German reigns for many more years so Gerrard can complete his Rangers revolution and establish his own dynasty at Ibrox.
Kop idol Stevie G took a massive step towards becoming a Rangers legend after beating Celtic 1-0 in Saturday’s Old Firm game to open up a massive 19-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
And having inspired Rangers to their best start to a top-flight season since 1928 — with 20 wins from 22 — McCoist believes Gerrard will go on to deliver Rangers’ 55th title to end a bleak and barren decade.
McCoist told SunSport: “I’ve never asked Steven this but most people accept his natural progression would be to manage Liverpool one day.
“Clearly to achieve that he must be successful at Rangers and that means winning trophies.
“Celtic dominated for a decade and credit them for that — even though a lot of titles came with Rangers fighting their own troubles down the divisions.
“But Rangers are back now. The first trophy is always the hardest to win but when they do, Steven will really be off and running.
“Klopp was given time to get it right at Liverpool and it took three full seasons to win his first trophy, the Champions’ League success in 2019.
“Similarly, this is Steven’s third Rangers season and it is crunch time.
“It’s ridiculous to think he’d be under pressure if he doesn’t win anything this season, considering the progress Rangers has made.
“But I know from experience, you must deliver major trophies if you wish to remain Rangers manager.
“Like Liverpool with Klopp, the Rangers board has shown faith in Steven after two seasons without a trophy and the reward is an outstanding season at home and in Europe . . . so far.”
Despite lording it in Scotland for a decade — culminating in sealing the Quadruple Treble — Celtic have struggled to keep pace with Gerrard’s Gers, who remain unbeaten in the league and Europa League.
McCoist said: “I’m sure many see Steven as the eventual successor to Jurgen at Liverpool. I’m also sure Liverpool FC and Steven would like to see that happen in time.
“But right now he isn’t going to get better experience in terms of a high-pressure, high-profile role than being manager of Rangers.
“He made the correct call to accept the job three years ago and at this moment in time I think he is enjoying it.”
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