Gerrard Odds On Favourite To Be The Next Liverpool Manager
January 13, 2021
Rangers’ manager, Steven Gerrard, is currently the runaway favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, with odds of 10/11 from bookmaker Paddy Power. Klopp’s contract as manager of Liverpool will expire next year and football pundits are already voicing their opinions about his successor should the German decide to step away from the club and seek opportunities elsewhere.
Gerrard, 40-year old former captain of Liverpool and England, is relatively inexperienced as a manager but there is no doubt he would leap at the chance to move back to Anfield where he worked as youth coach after his retirement as professional player, prior to joining Rangers as manager in June 2018.
Gerrard acknowledges the swirl of speculation regarding Klopp’s successor but tries to dampen expectations regarding his own chances, saying “Would I love to be the coach of Liverpool one day? Is it a dream? Of course. It’s a club that means everything to me but we’ve one of, if not the best, managers in the world who has been absolutely incredible since he came through the door…Just because I was a good player for Liverpool and had the career I had there, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re next in line to be manager. If one day that job ever becomes available, there will be a queue a mile long, full of top-class managers”.
Gerrard is right to point out that competition to replace Klopp would be fierce. Since his arrival at Liverpool, the former manager of Borussia Dortmund has coached his team in an exemplary fashion, earning him FIFA Coach of the Year awards in both 2019 and 2020. Liverpool were runner-up in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2018 and won the title the following year. The team finished second in the 2018/19 Premier League and, the following season, finished top with 99 points – ending a 30-year wait – whilst also winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. When Klopp does decide to leave, the combination of an exceptional team of talented footballers and robust support structure will prove an irresistible lure for other managers.
But, despite his self-deprecation, Gerrard’s performance at Rangers demonstrates why he will be in the running for the job. Rangers are leading the Scottish Premiership just now, a real success story for the Glasgow club which has fought back from its dramatic relegation (caused by financial crisis) a decade ago, returning to the Premiership in 2016 under the then management of Mark Warburton. Gerrard has been at the helm of Rangers for two years now and his team is on course to deny Old Firm rival Celtic a 10th consecutive title – which would be a dream result for Rangers fans. Rangers are now an amazing 21 points clear of Celtic, a significant lead as we head into the tail half of the season. Gerrard’s team are also steadily working their way through the Europa League competition and are available at odds of around 35/1 to win via Betfair Exchange . Last season they finished in the top 16; this season they are drawn to face Royal Antwerp in the last 32, playing the first leg next month. Rangers are benefitting from Steven Gerrard’s canny management and, with a little more experience under his belt, we are confident that the Liverpudlian will be in the short-list for the Liverpool job when Jurgen Klopp moves on.