Steven Gerrard remains to be a method off changing into Liverpool supervisor – however I doubt he can be bothered by that as a result of he’s in the very best place he may ever be in as a supervisor at Rangers.
He has finished all the things proper to this point and has been nicely backed by the board, which is all you ever need.
Everyone is aware of that, at Rangers and Celtic, you need to win each week and he has handled that stress very nicely.
Steven is somebody who’s vastly spectacular whenever you meet him and it should be sensible to play for him. Some folks stated taking the Rangers job was a danger, however I believe it was solely a restricted danger.
As a supervisor going into a brand new membership, he would have requested for sure assurances and it seems he has had good help from the membership to deliver his personal gamers in.
I can perceive why some folks in England would have a look at Steven’s time at Rangers and say he solely has to beat Celtic, who’ve been a shadow of their former selves this season.
But I believe with the ends in Europe – reaching the last-16 of the Europa League in consecutive seasons – also needs to make folks sit up and take notice.
I believe he has been helped by Brendan Rodgers too, in that he got here again down after successful with Celtic and has made a big effect with Leicester City.
As a supervisor, it comes all the way down to the basics of the way you deal with trendy gamers – and your recruitment. You can see Steven’s expertise for that whenever you have a look at how he has handled Alfredo Morelos.
The striker seemed like he needed to go away Rangers and Steven and the membership have handled it brilliantly and bought him enjoying nicely once more.
If you ask somebody like Curtis Jones at Liverpool, he’ll say that Steven had a large impression on him whereas teaching the under-19s. He gave him a whole lot of powerful love.
‘Managing Liverpool a step up’
There has at all times been the difficulty of whether or not Steven will handle Liverpool or not. Due to Liverpool’s poor season, everyone seems to be saying ‘Steven can be subsequent, Steven can be subsequent’, in order that shout has grown louder.
What I’d say is that, for all of the success at Rangers, managing Liverpool is on a distinct spectrum. It can be a large step. It can be an enormous gamble for the membership’s house owners – Fenway Sports Group – to nominate him.
I believe the one-eyed Liverpool fan can be saying ‘Get Stevie G in’ if Jurgen Klopp have been to go away, however I believe others would take a step again and go: ‘he is finished a completely fabulous job at Rangers, he was a fantastic participant, however perhaps he would want to take one other job within the Premier League first’.
I additionally do not see Klopp going wherever. He has been as near Bill Shankly because the membership have ever had, he will not be dropping his job anytime quickly.
The hassle for Steven then is that different managers who’ve moved on from their first job as a stepping stone to one thing larger find yourself not having the identical success, so he must be very, very cautious.
He’ll already be desirous about successful the Premiership once more subsequent season and the prospect for a shot within the Champions League with Rangers can be on the forefront of his pondering too.
But, within the unlikely occasion that Liverpool come calling this summer time, Steven couldn’t say no. Because you will not get requested twice.
Mark Lawrenson was talking to BBC Sport’s Scott Mullen.