Rangers chiefs are growing increasingly nervous about whispers coming out of Liverpool about Jurgen Klopp, Football Insider has been told.
The German, 53, has overseen a marked decline at Anfield this season following two extraordinary campaigns that ended with Champions League and Premier League titles.
Klopp has virtual untouchable status at Liverpool as well as a contract that runs until the summer of 2024.
But there are growing suggestions from within the club that his motivation levels may have dropped and that he may not have the same fight and desire of a few years ago.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers bigwigs are aware of the talk and are concerned what it may mean for Steven Gerrard.
The Liverpool icon has long been viewed as the natural successor to Klopp and his reputation has rocketed on the back of a remarkable campaign.
Rangers are within touching distance of ending their 10-year title wait and have reached the Europa League last-16 for the second consecutive season.
Like Klopp, Gerrard has a contract that runs for three more years after signing a two-year extension in December 2019.
He has been open about his desire to one day manage the club where he has legendary status from his playing days.
Were Klopp to quit Liverpool – and that possibility is not as far-fetched as what it once was – owners Fenway Sports Group would certainly approach Gerrard.
For Rangers, they would be unable to stand in the way of the man who has rejuvenated their own club and has taken them back to the top of the Scottish game as well as re-established them at European football.
Significantly, Klopp is approaching the end of his sixth season at Liverpool after taking over in October 2015.
His previous managerial reigns at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz each lasted seven years.
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