Steven Gerrard was taken aback by Jurgen Klopp’s recommendation that he should succeed the German as Liverpool manager one day.
In an interview with FourFourTwo earlier this week, Klopp stated that Liverpool should sign up Gerrard if they were to sack him in the future.
Considering that he’s only just led the Reds to Champions League glory, however, the likelihood of such an event happening very unlikely for The Best’s newly-crowned Coach of the Year.
Although there was talk in the summer of Klopp taking a sabbatical at the end of his contract in 2022.
While touched by Klopp’s words, though, Gerrard hopes the outgoing German remains in charge at Anfield for a long time yet.
“I was surprised and flattered at the same time,” the current Rangers boss told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
“But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.
“Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.
“I’m a Liverpool fan, and I’m sure every Liverpool fan on the planet endorses what I’m saying here, we want him to stay for many many years and bring as much success to our club as possible, but it was very flattering at the same time.”
Gerrard, meanwhile, is preparing his Rangers team for Saturday’s home match against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
The former Liverpool skipper has gotten off to another fine start in his second campaign in charge at Ibrox. Currently, Rangers sit second in the SPL and just three points off champions Celtic with five wins in six games.