By Wayne Veysey

8th Nov, 2021 | 11:07am

Sources: Klopp to have big say in Aston Villa appointment as Gerrard plan revealed

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have a major say in the appointment of the next potential Aston Villa manager due to his Steven Gerrard links, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site first broke the news on 8 April that Villa had a “strong interest” in luring Gerrard from Rangers.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that the Midlands giants remain very keen on the England and Premier League great, 41, and will sound him out about potentially replacing Dean Smith.

Gerrard will listen to what the Midlands giants have to say and is believed to be interested in a top-level Premier League job.

But a critical factor in his thinking will be Klopp and how long he intends to stay at Liverpool.

The immensely popular German has a contract with the club that runs until 2024 but has long maintained he will not remain at Anfield beyond that date.

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Whenever Klopp does leave, Gerrard will be the overriding favourite to succeed him.

Were Klopp and Liverpool to stick to the 2024 cut-off plan – and in the ever-changing world of football, that is far from cut-and-dried – then Gerrard would be more likely to be persuaded to join Villa as Smith’s replacement.

Should Klopp look to leave Anfield earlier, for instance in a year’s time, then the former midfielder would probably remain at Rangers and look to head direct from Ibrox.

Intriguingly, Gerrard and Klopp are close and speak frequently, with the German believed to be a sounding board for the younger man.

Villa have been keeping close tabs on the Rangers boss for some time, with their all-powerful chief executive Christian Purslow keen to lure him on behalf of billionaire owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris.

Purslow knows Gerrard from his time at Liverpool, where he had a spell as managing director, between 2009 and 2011.

Tellingly, Edens and Sawiris are hugely ambitious and, since buying Villa in 2018, have spent around £350m on transfers.

Egyptian tycoon Sawiris is estimated by Forbes to be worth $8.4bn (£6.1bn), while American financier Edens is in a similar bracket.

Gerrard’s reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game has been established during his three-and-a-half years at Rangers.

He has transformed the team’s fortunes and lifted the first silverware of his managerial career when he steered the club to last season’s title and ended Celtic’s 10-in-a-row hopes.

In other news, Phillips has revealed how “wonderful” Liverpool player in line to leave in the new year after being placed in “shop window”.