It all seemed written in the stars when Jurgen Klopp and  Steven Gerrard extended their managerial contracts at their respected clubs within hours of each other.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard celebrates victory during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is no secret that Liverpool’s ideal succession plan for when Klopp’s tenure runs it’s course is for former club-captain Gerrard to then take the Anfield reigns.

While Klopp’s Liverpool are making the unsustainable seem ordinary in their pursuit of top-flight immortality, Gerrard’s Rangers have endured a nightmare run of form since returning from the Scottish winter break in January.

The Gers have fallen off the pace for the second year in a row in February, with defeat to Kilmarnock on Wednesday evening putting them 10 points behind bitter rivals Celtic.

It is perhaps the most gruelling period for any manager in the game where a few defeats here and there are capable of completely derailing a team’s season.

If Gerrard is to one day be Liverpool’s manager then any lessons learnt in the face of adversity will only benefit the club-icon should he one day usurp Klopp.

With no manager experience bar just one solitary campaign as Liverpool’s U18s manager, Gerrard seemingly was given the job at the Scottish giants due to merit and the global pull that comes with the former England captain’s name.

However, Gerrard has proven in his professional career that he is able to rise up and pull his team from the brink during his 17-spell for his beloved boyhood team.

Glasgow Rangers team manager Steven Gerrard celebrates after Glasgow Rangers’ Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos (unseen) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers FC and BSC Young Boys at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on December 12, 2019. (Photo by NEIL HANNA / AFP) (Photo by NEIL HANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Whilst the main obstacles in management may come in the form of attracting players, making signings as well as putting your own key principles in place, Gerrard has had to learn something else entirely.

 

The 2005 Champions League-winning skipper has had to respond when his methods aren’t working. Rangers have won just two league matches since their inspiring victory at Celtic Park back in December.

Gerrard’s contract extension typifies the belief the Englishman has in what the club can achieve if he is given time to implement a successful philosophy.

Winning is what can determine whether a manager is remembered or forgotten but the journey towards success is by far the most important element.

If Gerrard is to fail, learn and then get back up again and succeed it will prove far more impressive than if he just turned up to Scotland and instantly ruled the Premiership with an iron fist.

Also, Klopp’s new deal proves Liverpool are in no hurry to replace the FIFA Coach of the Year so Gerrard can bide his time and learn from any of his shortcomings in that time.

Afterall Klopp has vindicated why Rome wasn’t built in a day. Before Liverpool’s imminent Premier League title and their Champions League triumph last season, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach had lost all six of his previous finals – including two chastening UCL final defeats.

If Gerrard is to one-day become Liverpool manager then his experiences at Rangers could ultimately dictate whether he is to be successful or not. If he is to pass the test at the Ibrox and come to Anfield a more prepared, well-rounded and battle hardened character, it can only bode well for Liverpool.

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