Steven Gerrard has offered his support to Trent Alexander-Arnold and to the rest of Liverpool’s squad in a move the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group will love as they line up the Reds legend as a future manager at Anfield.
The 40-year-old has long been tipped to become the future manager of Liverpool having been the club’s under-18s boss before moving to Rangers in 2018.
In his third season at Ibrox, Gerrard has led the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership title since 2010 to deny Celtic the unprecedented feat of 10 in a row.
Rangers are unbeaten after 33 league games having conceded just 10 goals and also made the Europa League last 16 for a second straight season but were downed by Slavia Prague.
And Gerrard is being talked about as a potential successor to Klopp, who is under contract on Merseyside until 2024.
The German has played down suggestions he could leave any time soon amid Liverpool’s problems this season, which the Reds hope have largely been caused and exacerbated by their incessant injury troubles.
Certainly, even though Liverpool could end the season without Champions League qualification and without a trophy, Klopp will not be getting sacked. He’s also distanced himself from the Germany job, that will become vacant after the Euros this summer.
But Klopp’s time at Liverpool is likely to come to an end in 2024 after which the ex-Borussia Dortmund tactician will have spent nine years at the club.
And the Sunday Mirror reported last month that Gerrard is being lined up to take over from Klopp whenever the Premier League and Champions League-winning manager moves on.
The ex-Liverpool captain’s comments this week then, in the wake of Alexander-Arnold being dropped by England boss Gareth Southgate, will certainly go down well.
“One thing’s for sure, I’ll always be there for Trent,” Gerrard declared when asked about the right-back not making the latest England squad with the Euros on the horizon.
“It goes without saying, any second of the day. I wouldn’t make the first move. He’s a man himself. He knows where he’s at.”
He added: “Trent is a world-class right back, he’s the best right back the country has got.
It is clear Gerrard feels there is much more for him to do with the Glasgow giants, as he made clear when asked about replacing Klopp.
Speaking earlier this month, Gerrard said: “We shouldn’t talk about this, 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. But I’ve got a job here. 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.”
But that he is willing to take his own time to provide help and support to Liverpool players who he does not even coach will only go down well with FSG, and probably Klopp too.
There is plenty of excellent advice he will be able to offer given the near 20 years he spent in the club’s first-team squad and as the one with the most pressure on his shoulders.
Gerrard seems destined to one day become Liverpool manager. If he can continue his current rate of progress in management, maybe he can be as successful a boss for the Reds as he was a player and captain. Until then, his little bits of help from afar will be more than welcome.