Liverpool could soon start looking for a replacement for Jurgen Klopp, with the tactician’s current contract due to expire in the summer of 2024. Phil Thompson, who represented the Reds between 1971 and 1985, believes club legend Steven Gerrard would be the option perfect to take. above the German tactician at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard has given his managerial career a huge boost over the past two years. The tactician started with a decent stint with the Liverpool youth team, followed by a stint with Rangers, and is now with Aston Villa.
After watching the legendary midfielder’s progress of late, Phil Thompson believes he has what it takes to succeed Jurgen Klopp.
“I think it would be [a big draw] and you can see it as a natural fit. Obviously you have to earn the right,” the Englishman told The ECHO when asked about Gerrard’s suitability.
“Obviously Jurgen was at Mainz, at Dortmund and then moved on. Steven came to Rangers, which is a huge club. Then he went to Villa and you can see the changes he made, making come the players he brought.
“[The signing of] Philippe Coutinho is because he is Steven Gerrard. Players will always want to come and play for him which will be a big draw at Liverpool,” he added.
Meanwhile, current Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders is also one of the names who could be named to succeed Jurgen Klopp. While Steven Gerrard remains Phil Thompson’s ultimate choice to get the nod, the Englishman believes Lijnders shouldn’t be ruled out in the race for the job.
“He should not be dismissed when [Klopp’s departure] is coming,” the 68-year-old said.
“Yes, if Steven comes I would be delighted, but if Pep Lijnders were to take him he would get Jurgen’s blessing. I would because you see he has that fiery character like Jurgen can be. He is also a very good coach,” he added.
Jurgen Klopp’s record as Liverpool manager
Klopp was appointed Reds manager in the summer of 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers. Since taking charge of business at Anfield, Klopp has managed 363 games in all competitions, registering 226 wins, 75 draws and 62 losses to his name.
He also led the club to several trophies including a Champions League crown, Premier League title and EFL Cup, among others. It remains to be seen how many more honors he will add to his cabinet before cutting his ties with the English giants.