Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has shockingly claimed that Steven Gerrard has only taken the manager’s job at Rangers because he “doesn’t feel loved” at Liverpool after Zeljko Buvac’s departure at Anfield.
Gerrard was confirmed on Friday as the next Gers boss, taking up the post on June 1st, but Merson thinks if he had been offered a place on Jurgen Klopp’s first-team coaching staff at Liverpool then the 114-times capped England legend would have stayed with the Reds.
After Buvac left Anfield earlier this week, Merson thinks the Anfield giants should have offered him the chance to assist Klopp but admitted once Gerrard had decided to leave the Reds then the Gers were “too good to turn down.”
“Steven Gerrard is only taking the Rangers job because he doesn’t feel loved at Liverpool,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“If Zeljko Buvac isn’t coming back, why haven’t they offered him the No 2 job? I think they should have done. He’s a legend at Anfield.
“The Rangers job is massive. They are a huge club and once you’ve decided you want to leave Liverpool and go into management, it’s too good to turn down really.
“But if Steven Gerrard had been offered a job on Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff there is no way he leaves Anfield.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard has always spoken of his desire to get into management and even if he had been offered a more senior role at Anfield, the chance to take the reins are Ibrox would have been too good to turn down. Gerrard now has a few weeks to get an idea of what he wants to do and who he wants to bring to Ibrox before he properly starts but the former Liverpool captain will have an eye on the Gers final three games as he prepares for his first crack at management. While Gerrard might have turned down other jobs had Klopp offered to make him part of the first-team coaching staff, it doesn’t make much sense that he would have turned down the Gers. With an ambition to one day manage Liverpool taking over at Ibrox will prove to be the toughest possible apprenticeship that Gerrard could have signed up for.
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