Steven Gerrard likes the idea of lifetime contract for 'world-class' Liverpool man
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Steven Gerrard likes idea of lifetime contract for 'world-class' Jurgen Klopp

Steven Gerrard would be okay with Liverpool handing a lifetime contract to Jurgen Klopp. It’s an interesting take from his would-be successor.

Steven Gerrard is back in the Premier League – but not in the colours of Liverpool. Instead, he’ll be managing Aston Villa as he looks to get the historic club back on track.

Gerrard dismissed the idea that this was just a stepping stone, however. After all, the Scouser’s ultimate goal in management is almost certainly the Liverpool job.

And it’s a job that is likely coming up for someone. Jurgen Klopp only has a contract until 2024 and it’s looking like he’ll move on. Perhaps for a sabbatical, perhaps for a new job entirely.

Gerrard will almost certainly be on the shortlist to replace Klopp. A disaster of a job with Villa would change that, of course, but as things stand, the former Liverpool captain at least gets an interview.

But according to Gerrard, that’s not something he’s thinking about. In fact, he’d be okay with Klopp getting a lifetime contract with the Reds.

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“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having dreams and aspirations,” he said of his interest in Liverpool, per The Times. “Liverpool have a world-class coach and if he was to sign a lifetime deal I would be very happy for them and him.”

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In fairness, he’s hardly going to say ‘I hope they sack him tomorrow and I can apply’. But it is a sign of just how much Gerrard respects Klopp.

He’s seen the Liverpool boss come into the job and turn the club into something dominant once again. It just came a few years too late for Gerrard himself to be a part of it.

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It’s no surprise that he wants to see this success continue for as long as possible, then. The second it stops, though, Gerrard will surely hope to continue itself.

Any decent Premier League boss would take the Liverpool job unless they were already at a Champions League club. Gerrard’s connection to the club simply makes it even more obvious.

Villa, in their current state, won’t be the end-goal for many managers – except maybe boyhood-fan Dean Smith, funnily enough. Perhaps Gerrard changes that over the next few years but it would be a hell of a job.

Instead, we fully expect to see him in the mix when Klopp does eventually step down.

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