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CARRAGHER BACKS GERRARD TO REPLACE KLOPP

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is backing Steven Gerrard to become Jürgen Klopp’s successor.

The Sky Sports pundit says his former skipper will always be mentioned with the job because of who he is but he insists that Gerrard will be in the running when the opportunity comes around because of how well he’s doing in his managerial career.

Carra said: “Stevie will be in the reckoning because he is Steven Gerrard. But more importantly, because he is doing really well as a manager.


“There’s no doubt that the more experiences he has will enhance him in his managerial career, but there’s nothing to say he couldn’t go straight from Rangers to Liverpool.

“I can assure you now, however, that Steven Gerrard’s focus is on trying to stop Celtic winning nine in a row and on being successful at Ibrox.”

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The duo played in the Legends match at Ibrox last weekend and Carragher says Gerrard has a fabulous bond with the Rangers faithful just like he had with the Kop when he was bossing the Anfield pitch.

“I know myself from Liverpool how it feels when the manager has the crowd and the players pulled together. It feels like that at Rangers when I watch them,” said Carra. “I see all the videos and different things of Steven and the players celebrating a big result. There is a togetherness there.

“You could feel the connection he has with the supporters even during the Legends game. He has got the crowd in the palm of his hand and I’m sure it will be the same in the dressing room.

“We all know the personality and character he had as a player, so you can imagine the messages Steven delivers and the way he delivers them.

“He will be putting a bit of himself into those players. That’s what great managers do.”

Rangers are currently top of the Scottish Premier League, 2 points ahead of second placed Celtic.

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