Steven Gerrard’s installation as the odds-on favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp comes as no surprise.
The German’s stock has rather plummeted following a pretty rotten defence of last season’s title, a defence which never got going even before Virgil Van Dijk’s season-ending injury – 7-2 Villa anyone?
So it’s not a shock that Steven Gerrard’s managerial stock is so high now that the bookies have installed him outright favourite to take over from Klopp, after Liverpool’s season crumbled even worse on the major injury to their captain, which led to a horrible squad-ruining malaise they never got out of.
Meanwhile Gerrard’s Rangers soar high in the SPL, high in Europe, and it seems 2+2=4 to suggest he will be the natural successor to the former Dortmund man.
Is the 40 year old ready?
The Anfield seat is his destiny, no one would deny that. But he needs to be of the right mentality that he can take on a job with the emotional intensity that being manager of his boyhood heroes would bring.
He’s a Liverpool boy, and he plied his trade with them for basically 20 years – he bleeds Liverpool, but that brings a gigantic burden to it as well.
He has, let’s face it, worked miracles at Ibrox this season. It took a while for his project in Govan to bear fruit, and while the form has stumbled a bit recently, overall the season has been giant.
But we know Merseyside will come calling one day.
We just hope it’s not for a long time yet, regardless of what the bookies want.