By Richard Parks
Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will give his total support to Steven Gerrard if he is appointed as Rangers manager.
The Liverpool manager claimed he is in the dark as to whether the Premier League great is in the running for the post at the Glasgow giants amid wide speculation a deal is now close.
But Klopp explained he has no doubt that Gerrard, 37, will become a manager one day and that he would think about appointing him if he owned a football club.
Gerrard is currently the coach of Liverpool Under-18s, which he combines with punditry work for BT Sport.
Klopp said on Friday morning at his media briefing, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: “I am not worried. Steven was, is and always will be a LFC legend.
“Whatever he wants to do, we support him. I don’t even know what the situation is. Nobody has told me there’s a decision.
“I can imagine clubs are interested in Stevie. Massive experience. If I owned a club I would think about him as well. One day it will happen either here or somewhere else.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is highly doubtful that Gerrard would make a decision on the Rangers job without taking soundings from Klopp, among others. The German is one of the world’s most successful managers and his vast experience and knowhow makes him a highly useful sounding board. Given that Gerrard is on the Liverpool payroll, it is to be hoped he would take full advantage of Klopp’s proximity as he weighs up what represents a huge gamble for his first managerial post. There are bound to be plenty of things to discuss, including how the gap can be closed on Celtic with a much smaller budget and what would happen if the move backfired. Former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp can provide wise counsel on both issues. His revelation that he would consider Gerrard as a candidate if he owned a club is no mere platitude. It is telling of the esteem in which he holds the player, and the calibre of the 37-year-old as a coach.