Steven Gerrard should never manage Liverpool. Hear me out.
He is an icon. Gerrard is regarded by many as the greatest player we have ever had. The man is inextricable from Liverpool FC and will never be forgotten by the Kop. The former midfield general is currently managing in Scotland, bossing Rangers. Many regard him as Jürgen Klopp’s eventual successor.
That would be a terrible move for Liverpool and their fans.
We want to remember Stevie fondly. By giving Gerrard the reins at Anfield, we would also be giving him a chance to tarnish his legacy at the club. If you mess up as a player, there are 10 other men there to share the blame. If it goes wrong as a manger the dugout becomes a very lonely place.
Alan Hansen had the right idea. When the legendary Liverpool centre back retired, he rejected all ideas of management and instead waltzed into the world of punditry. The Scotsman went down as arguably the best pundit Match of the Day has ever had.
Others have never known when to quit. Graeme Souness’ spell as manager at Liverpool was far from great. The intimidating hardman was known for working his players into the ground, changing too much too soon and ultimately disappointing with this tenure in charge, picking up just one FA Cup.
The same is unfortunately true of Kenny Dalglish’s second term managing of the Reds. King Kenny was brought back following the sacking of Roy Hodgson and led the Reds to a catastrophic eighth-place finish.
We want to remember him as he was. Steven Gerrard should never manage Liverpool.