Former Liverpool star Jose Enrique has warned Steven Gerrard against becoming Jurgen Klopp’s direct successor at Anfield.
Gerrard has enjoyed a decent first spell as head coach of Rangers, who currently lead the Scottish Premiership table. An emotional return to Liverpool, however, is widely expected at some point in the near future.
The 40-year-old is a famed Reds legend, having spent the bulk of his playing career with the club. He made 710 appearances and won nine pieces of silverware, including the famous 2004/05 Champions League title.
But replacing Klopp, who intends to leave once his contract expires in 2024, could be an undesirable task. The current Liverpool boss has restored the club as a formidable force, winning the Champions League, Club World Cup, and Premier League titles.
📸 Jürgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool – the photographers knew he was going to be 𝙗𝙞𝙜 at Liverpool 🔴 pic.twitter.com/1RCXRSC1pv
— Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) October 9, 2020
Therefore, Enrique believes Gerrard should bide his time instead of walking straight into the firing line by replacing Klopp.
“I do not know who’ll replace Klopp, but I hope it won’t be a decision the club has to make any time soon,” the former Liverpool defender told Ladbrokes.
“Look at the difference he has had on the team, and the players who now want to come and play for us.
“Before he came and even when he joined, it was Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, our best players at the time, who wanted to move to better teams, and now we have Thiago coming from Bayern – who have just won the treble – to play for Liverpool because Klopp has made us one of the best clubs in the world.
“I believe Stevie 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.”