Report: Jurgen Klopp prefers Pep Lijnders to Rangers’ Steven Gerrard as his replacement at Liverpool

According to Sunday World, Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders is manager Jurgen Klopp’s choice to replace him at Anfield when the time is right.

While former skipper and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is the ‘romantic choice’ to take over from the German, it appears that the Reds boss has other ideas.

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Gerrard surely wants to manage Liverpool one day, but he might have to wait a little while longer from the look of things.

The 43-year-old has three years left on his current deal at Ibrox, and Klopp’s contract also expires at the same time.

The Liverpool boss was linked with exit rumours a couple of days ago after his side fell to a third straight Premier League defeat, but he has since poured cold water on them.

He could remain at Anfield until 2024 or beyond, and the club will be hoping to land the perfect replacement when the time comes.

Lijnders already knows the club inside out and players well, and the 38-year-old would likely hit the ground running if he takes over.

However, Liverpool could be looking at a big name and a more experienced manager once Klopp leaves.

That would surely leave Gerrard disappointed, but as his former teammate turned pundit Jamie Carragher pointed out, the Light Blues boss needs to gain enough experience in management before taking up the Liverpool job.

He is in his third season as Rangers manager and he has been impressing after his side finished the last two seasons behind bitter city rivals Celtic.

He has since led them to the top of the Scottish Premiership table following an outstanding start to 2020-21, with 18 points currently between them and second-placed Hoops.

Gerrard’s first piece of silverware as a manager is just around the corner from the look of things, and it will be interesting to see how Rangers will fare for the rest of the season and going forward.

Working in the Premier League in the nearest future appeals to the Light Blues manager, but whether he will be ready to take up the Liverpool job within the next three years remains to be seen. Klopp does not think he will be, though.

In other news, Manchester United are plotting summer move for centre-back Liverpool submitted official bid for in January.

Source: English Premier League –