Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are flying high and heading for their first Scottish title in a decade, and the Liverpool legend is now the FAVOURITE to replace Jurgen Klopp as Reds manager.
Questions have begun to sprout up over Klopp’s future at Anfield with the Premier League champions enduring a dreadful run of form and results.
Liverpool fans would no doubt love to see Steven Gerrard back at Anfield, but should he succeed Jurgen Klopp as manager?getty
The Reds were firm favourites to defend their crown during the early stages of the campaign, and still appeared in a good place when they butchered Crystal Palace 7-0 on December 19.
But Klopp’s side haven’t won a league game since, and now sit fourth after suffering their first league defeat at Anfield in almost four years this week, with Burnley’s 1-0 win ending the Merseysiders’ run of 68 games unbeaten at home.
Now five league games without victory, the champions could be as low as SEVENTH by the time they next play in the league, away at Tottenham on Thursday.
It appears the wheels have come off their bid to win two straight titles – although who knows what will happen next in this chaotic season – and groans around Anfield have grown in recent weeks, with a Liverpool fan joining talkSPORT calling for the manager to be sacked.
And there’s certainly one appointment that will have supporters foaming at the mouth – with Anfield icon Gerrard now the bookmaker’s favourite to return to his boyhood club as Liverpool’s next permanent boss.
The shift in odds comes after Gerrard marked his 150th game as Rangers manager with a resounding 5-0 win over Ross County.
The Glasgow giants turned on the style as they celebrated their manager’s landmark match with a relentless display to go 23 points clear of Celtic at the summit.
Rangers look certain to end the club’s long wait to be champions, and end their Old Firm rivals’ hopes of winning ten-in-a-row, with only nine more points required to crown his side champions.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard celebrated the Old Firm win with captain James TavernierGetty Images – Getty
Gerrard now has 98 victories under his belt as Rangers boss, and he is the firm 10/11 favourite to succeed Klopp in the Anfield dugout, with pressure piling on the German.
Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Xabi Alonso is second favourite for the post. The Spaniard is currently in charge of Real Sociedad’s B team, while Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders is also in contention.
You can see all the next permanent Liverpool manager odds, according to Paddy Power below…
Next permanent Liverpool manager odds
*Odds correct at time of publication*
Steven Gerrard (Rangers) – 10/11
Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad B) – 7/2
Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig) – 7/1
Thomas Tuchel – 14/1
Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – 16/1
Pep Lijnders (Liverpool assistant) – 20/1
Zeljko Buvac (Ex-Liverpool assistant) – 20/1
Antonio Conte (Inter Milan) – 25/1
Massimiliano Allegri – 25/1