Liverpool would be foolish to bring Steven Gerrard in as manager when the time comes to replace Jurgen Klopp.
That’s the view of former Reds forward Stan Collymore. Gerrard had been seen as a likely successor to Klopp once the German exits his role in 2026. But having been sacked by Aston Villa last year, the Scouser hasn’t been in a job since.
As things stand, it looks incredibly unlikely that Gerrard will ever take his place in the dugout at Anfield. And writing on Twitter last night, Collymore cited Frank Lampard’s current failure at Chelsea as reason enough as any not to go down that route.
“Frank [Lampard] will be a very lucky man if he gets another job in the Premier League or progressive Championship team,” wrote the 52-year-old.
“I hope Liverpool aren’t foolhardy enough to give SG [Steven Gerrard] an unwarranted stint at Anfield at some point. Merit, not romance.”
Stevie misses his chance
We don’t think this is something Collymore has to concern himself too much with. Unless Stevie has a miraculous turn around as a manager, there’s no chance of him taking over from Klopp.
In theory, that could still happen. Jurgen’s contract still has three years to run and three years can be a heck of a long time in football. But right now, it feels almost impossible.
So bad was Gerrard’s time at Aston Villa, that he just doesn’t seem to be in the picture for another Premier League job. A few have come up since his sacking at Villa Park, but he’s seemingly never been a serious candidate.
There have been rumblings that the Liverpool icon could take a vacancy overseas. Gerrard has been linked with the Olympiacos job as well as the Poland national team over recent times. Neither have come to anything, though.
As a result, you can’t see a way the former skipper builds his reputation enough to take the reigns at Anfield between now and 2026.
In many ways, that’s a shame. It would have been a dream of many fans to see one of the club’s all-time best players return to take over from one of their iconic managers. As Gerrard learnt during his playing days though, dreams very rarely come true in football.