STEVEN GERRARD has accepted that he will have to prove himself in the dugout before earning a chance as Liverpool manager.
The Anfield legend is making his way in management with Rangers, and is tipped to one day become the Reds boss.
However, with Jurgen Klopp doing stellar work with the reigning Premier League champions, Gerrard has acknowledged just how tough it will be to become the German's eventual successor.
He told The Athletic: "Would I love to be the coach of Liverpool one day? Is it a dream? Of course.
"It’s a club that means everything to me but we’ve one of, if not the best, managers in the world who has been absolutely incredible since he came through the door.
"And the success he’s delivered in the last couple of years means that Liverpool are in a fantastic place. Long may that continue.
"I’ve still got ex-team-mates playing in the team and that’s where it is. There’s nothing else to really discuss on it.
"Just because I was a good player for Liverpool and had the career I had there, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re next in line to be manager.
"If one day that job ever becomes available, there will be a queue a mile long, full of top-class managers. It doesn’t mean you’re the best person for the job."
Unlike Klopp, Gerrard never won the league title at Anfield.
The closest he came while playing was under Brendan Rodgers in 2014, when an unfortunate slip led to defeat against Chelsea in a crucial clash.
The 40-year-old admitted that the near-miss is still something that eats away at him today.
And Liverpool's recent triumph has helped aid his 'healing' from the incident.
As is Rangers' title push with a 16-point lead over Celtic making Gerrard's side the favourites for the Scottish Premiership crown.
He noted: "It’s definitely a motivation.
"Having that happen and how it happened towards the end of my Liverpool career was a real, brutal low for me.
Having a big high as a coach and manager would certainly contribute to that healing as well.
"As a group and a team and a club, it was a big disappointment because we came so close.
"The fact they’ve won the title since then and are current champions — which is fantastic for me to see — has certainly helped the healing.
"But from a personal point of view, having a big high as a coach and manager would certainly contribute to that healing as well."
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