Jurgen Klopp’s successor is almost guaranteed to be Steven Gerrard, irrelevant of when he leaves Liverpool.
That is the view of ex-Reds defender Glen Johnson, who cannot see any other manager replacing the German when his Anfield spell ends.
Klopp has been at the helm since October 2015, having led Liverpool back to football’s summit domestically and in Europe.
The 2019 Champions League winners and Premier League title holders, though, are enduring their worst spell under the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss in six years.
A run of six straight home defeats has seen plummet down the table and almost out of contention for even a top-four finish.
While things on Merseyside are going horribly for Klopp, Gerrard’s Rangers are enjoying total dominance in Glasgow.
A first Scottish Premiership title was secured for the ex-Liverpool captain at the weekend, with Celtic having been comfortably seen off in the race for top spot this term.
And Johnson feels the 40-year-old is destined to take over from Klopp when he moves on.
"Gerrard will definitely be Liverpool's next choice,” Johnson told CheltenhamGuides.com. “He’s a one-off legend at the club and a legend of the game.
"He’s been fantastic at Rangers, but he’s a very, very young manager and that seat at Liverpool is just different.
“It’s a global job where there are no hiding places and he won’t want a replica of Frank Lampard’s situation when he went to Chelsea a bit too early and you have to be careful for what you wish for.
"Klopp has been unbelievable so there is no chance that he won’t be there next season.
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“But I do think Stevie will be the Liverpool manager one day, but I wouldn’t start talking about that now just because they’ve lost a few home games."
Klopp’s Liverpool face RB Leipzig in their Champions League round of 16 second leg tonight, having won the away leg 2-0.
Gerrard will no doubt be watching on from home in Scotland, and he has been quick to play down this week any talk of an imminent return to Anfield in the wake of Rangers’ title triumph.
Gerrard told ITV Scotland: "We have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute, I love him. I hope he stays for a few more years.
"I've got a job here and I don't think it's helpful to talk about this and I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years.
"Liverpool is my club. I had a great journey. Is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is, but not yet and who's to say I'll ever be good enough. There's a lot of managers on this planet, we need to respect Jurgen first and foremost."
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