Steven Gerrard is the perfect fit to become the next Liverpool’s manager once Jurgen Klopp steps aside, according to his ex-team-mate Jerzy Dudek.
Klopp, who is tied to the club until 2022, has revealed he plans to take a year’s sabbatical from football to recharge his batteries when he leaves Anfield.
The manager joined Liverpool in 2015 and, having spent exactly seven years at previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, there is already speculation he could walk away from the Reds in three seasons.
However, Liverpool fans will be reassured by the fact the 52-year-old has seen out his contracts at his two former clubs.
But there will come a time in the near future when the Anfield hot-seat is up for grabs and Dudek believes Gerrard is the ideal candidate for the job.
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Speaking to Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy, he said: “He is ideally suited to it because he was a great leader and as a captain, he brilliantly managed our dressing room.
“But honestly, I would have laughed at you if you told me he wanted to be a manager.
“Most of the very best players like to take a break after their playing career has ended and return to their family, who have sacrificed a lot during their career.
“But Steven quickly jumped from coaching the kids at Liverpool to becoming manager of Rangers. And it wasn’t an obvious choice either because he took on a really difficult task.
“But his development has been rapid because no one expected that and he has exceeded expectations. Everyone knows that sooner or later the great captain will return.”
Klopp sparked speculation on his future last week after admitting he may need to take a break, or even retire from football football completely.
He then told Kicker: “It looks like it [I’ll retire after Liverpool]. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years time?
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“If I decide for myself that I can’t go on anymore, I’ll take a break and in that year I’d have to make a definite decision [if he wants to continue at all]
“I have absolute energy, but I have one problem: I can’t do ‘a little bit.’ I can only do ‘all or nothing.’
“But the chances are very high that my energy levels will go up again [after a year’s break], and that I can then do the job the way I want to.”