Exclusive: Englishman tipped to pip Lijnders to Liverpool job amid Athletic's reveal
Kevin Phillips expects Steven Gerrard to succeed Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool ahead of current assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, believes the Rangers boss will have gained enough experience between now and Klopp leaving to be the ideal candidate to take the job.
The Athletic surveyed thousands of Reds to find that 41.7 per cent would like Klopp’s number two to take the reigns after the German – Gerrard taking just 16.1 per cent of the vote.
Phillips suggested Fenway Sports Group will opt for former captain Gerrard over Lijnders when the time comes.
“Assistant managers, generally, enjoy being assistant managers,” he told Football Insider.
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“From my experience assistant managers enjoy that role because the pressure is not on then. The final decision does not lie with them.
“I would like to see more assistant managers get an opportunity but a lot of them like that role.
“I do not see Ljinders as the successor to Klopp. For me there is only one candidate after Klopp and that will be Steven Gerrard.
“The club will opt for that option over his assistant because it will be another three, four or five years before Klopp leaves. Steven will have gained a lot more experience in that time.”
The Dutch assistant had a brief spell as manager of second division Dutch side NEC Nijmegen but returned to Anfield in June 2018.
Gerrard, like Klopp, signed a contract extension in December – the deal ties him down to the Gers until the summer of 2024.
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