There has been much speculation in recent months surrounding the future of Jürgen Klopp. The Reds boss’ contract is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season and there are rumours he may take a sabbatical when his time is up. As a result, there has been many names bandied about as his successor. One of the most frequently mentioned names is Steven Gerrard, although he would be a romantic choice, Gerrard should be Liverpool assistant before he is the manager.
One of the keys to Liverpool’s success in the 70s and 80s was the boot room. The Reds trained their first team coaches to become Liverpool managers later in their career – Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan are prime examples of this system. The current manager would liaise with his coaches in the boot room, knowledge and ideas would be passed down, managers would be born in there.
At the moment, it looks as though Pep Lijnders is being groomed to take over when Jürgen Klopp finally calls it a day at Liverpool. The Dutch assistant manager was promoted from his previous role as elite development coach. Lijnders is the boss’ right hand man, he is learning everything there is to know about Klopp’s philosophy by working with him on the training ground.
If Steven Gerrard were to walk straight into the role, there would be a transition period. If he came in as the Liverpool assistant manager, he would learn the tricks of the trade from Lijnders that Lijnders had learned from Klopp. This continuity was the reason that the Reds were so dominant in the 20th century, if Gerrard becomes Liverpool assistant manager he will gain vital experience and will be full ready to step into the role when the time comes.