Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes that the club would be making a mistake if they brought Steven Gerrard in to directly replace Jurgen Klopp.
Enrique says that he does see Gerrard managing Liverpool in the future, but does not want to see him immediately follow Klopp due to the inevitable level of expectation he would have on his shoulders.
Gerrard is currently managing Rangers in the SPL and Enrique has been impressed by his work in Scotland and would like to see him in the dugout at Anfield at some point.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Enrique offered his thoughts on Gerrard’s potential future at Anfield. “I believe Stevie (Gerrard) will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good. Stevie is probably Liverpool’s best ever player and he’ll always be remembered as that, but to come in after Klopp fans will want him to win things straight away and that’s not easy.
“I really like how Stevie works as a manager and things are going really well for him at Rangers, but it would be difficult to change the way Liverpool work again after Klopp and achieve success immediately.
“I would love him to one day manage Liverpool, though.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Klopp currently has four years left on his contract at Liverpool and may not be leaving the club any time soon. Four years is a long time in football and plenty can change between now and then, both with Liverpool as a club and Gerrard as a manager. For example, Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will all be in their 30’s and heading into their final years at the end of Klopp’s contract.
Depending on what Liverpool do in the transfer market before 2024, Liverpool could be in need of a squad overhaul after Klopp’s departure and Gerrard could be well suited to that job. Gerrard, of course, knows the club inside out after 26 years at Liverpool starting in the academy set-up and making over 700 first-team appearances for the club. His knowledge of Liverpool and what is required of players playing at Anfield could be a reason behind him being a good option as Klopp’s potential successor, despite Enrique’s concerns about expectations.
The overall point, though, is that there could still be four years before this situation even arises. Plenty could happen between now and then and Liverpool will have more information to work with when the time comes to make a decision, which is almost impossible to call at this moment in time.