The hype over Steven Gerrard to Liverpool has been increasing significantly the past few weeks. The reality of the situation sees the Anfield legend working miracles at Ibrox against a previously impossible foe, against all odds and not only achieving that but scaling ridiculous heights in Europe.
Of course, Liverpool’s defence of their first title in 30-odd years has been absolutely terrible and Jurgen Klopp’s grinning demeanour has crumbled into the glummest face in England, aside his own personal tragedies.
So, of course the press have Gerrard as taking his place.
And the truth is that will happen, but it won’t happen yet.
The clamour over Klopp for Germany has grown, and Joachim Löw is almost certain to move on after this summer’s Euros, so 2+2=?
But whether Klopp remains at Anfield or not, Steven Gerrard only needs to look at Graeme Souness and Frank Lampard to trust that following your heart with an offer you can’t refuse rarely works out.
Steven Gerrard will one day be Liverpool manager. You’d have to be nuts to think that won’t happen. If Brendan Rodgers with his absolutely comical European record can get Leicester in the top three in England, clearly Gerrard’s achievements in Scotland and Europe will similarly get the attention of the PL.
Gerrard is evidently good enough to manage Liverpool.
But he’s only 40 – he has years, decades of management ahead of him and the lessons of Lampard and Souness will ring heavily in his mind.
Two men who followed their hearts completely misguidedly and didn’t come out smelling too well at all.
Steven Gerrard just isn’t stupid enough to take the Liverpool job until he feels 100% emotionally, professionally and psychologically ready to take that pressure.
It won’t be any time soon – he has a tonne of unfinished business left at Ibrox.