Jurgen Klopp's tenure at Liverpool has been as successful as everybody expected when he succeeded Brendan Rodgers, and, while no one is looking forward to his departure, all big clubs must have a plan B in case something major happens.
Therefore, former Liverpool player Jason McAteer thinks the Reds have already found the perfect guy to replace Klopp once his contract runs out in 2021, assuming he's not interested in renewing.
With all the rumors claiming Klopp would like to run out his deal and then take a break, McAteer pointed out Steven Gerrard as the next in line to take over the reins at Anfield after his success with Rangers:
“Steven Gerrard made a clever move going to Rangers to begin his management career – and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if stop two on his journey is Anfield. I’ve got an inkling that Gerrard will be the next Liverpool manager at the start of the 2021-22 season. I’m confident Liverpool will win the Premier League this season under Jurgen Klopp and then he’ll stick around to try to retain the trophy for another season.
And whether he succeeds or fails, my hunch is that he’ll walk away at that point and Stevie will step into his shoes. With Stevie, he would be able to walk into a dressing room full of fabulous players and have an outstanding opportunity to continue Jurgen’s work," McAteer told the Racing Post.
Moreover, the Liverpool legend claimed that the fans will have a lot of patience with Gerrard and will embrace and support his ideas the same way Chelsea fans are doing with Frank Lampard, so he'll have plenty of time to actually develop a project:
"Of course, he would be given a lot of time by fans because of his reputation and his legacy. He would certainly look at what Frank Lampard has achieved at Chelsea, where he is doing a magnificent job. I’m sure Frank would tell you he hadn’t expected it to go this well but he always had the cushion of knowing he had time in the bank because of his status among the fans at Stamford Bridge," he concluded.
Gerrard is one of Liverpool's biggest idols and he wouldn't hesitate to take the reins of the team if needed, but Jurgen Klopp looks quite comfortable at Merseyside right now.