Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is unsure whether he would be ready to manage Liverpool if the job became available tomorrow.
Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to Champions League glory last season and is on the verge of winning the Premier League title this term.
There is no suggestion Klopp will leave the club anytime soon but there has been talk that Gerrard would be his natural successor when the German boss eventually moves on.
Gerrard has done well at Rangers, drawing praise from Roy Hodgson – who claims he could manage England in the future – and Klopp himself, who has expressed his will for Gerrard to replace him as Liverpool boss.
However, Gerrard admits that he wouldn’t want the job unless the owners viewed him as the best candidate.
“I understand why because I was captain for so long and a large chunk of the fanbase would like me back at the club,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail.
“But I’m bright enough to realise that, first and foremost, you have to be good enough. The owners need to think you’re the right man.
“Let’s say Klopp wins the Premier League, Champions League and goes because he feels he can’t do any more. They aren’t going to pick me if I am only the 20th best candidate.
“And nobody asks if I think I need two or three goes elsewhere. If I got the chance [at Liverpool] I’d want to be best prepared.
“You can’t plan everything season by season. If things turn in months, you’d be out of work. That’s how brutal the job is, but you are aware before you go in.”
Gerrard added: “Jurgen Klopp told me he’d made two years of mistakes away from the cameras, getting his pitch confidence.
“That is what I did at Liverpool with the youngsters. I didn’t go into Rangers thinking I’d cracked it. Am I ready for the Liverpool job right now? Maybe not.”
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