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KLOPP TIPS GERRARD AS LIVERPOOL SUCCESSOR

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STEVEN GERRARD has been named by Jurgen Klopp as the man to replace him as Liverpool manager.

The German has tipped the Rangers gaffer as his ideal successor when he leaves the European champions.

Klopp, who arrived at Anfield in 2015 and still has three years of his contract to run, believes the club legend has what it takes to keep the Merseysiders on the right track.

The Reds chief, speaking to Four Four Two, said: “If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny Dalglish would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie Gerrard down from Glasgow.

“If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can.

“If someone gets your job, it’s not about them, it’s about you not being good enough.

“I’m old enough to know that I give this job everything. I’m not a genius, I’m not perfect, but I give the club 100 per cent. If that’s enough, great. If it’s not, then it’s just the problem of the situation.

“I’m not jealous, I’m not sceptical. I’m completely open. If you want my help, you’ll get it.

“My family often thinks that I’m too quick to open up, but I think being any other way is a waste of time.

“I love life, I love my job, I like most people – that’s how it is.”

Gerrard took over the Ibrox hot seat at the start of last season after the Pedro Caixinha gamble back-fired. Caretaker Graeme Murty was tasked with looking after the team for the second time – he also had a stint after Mark Warburton was fired – until the former England international midfielder was appointed in the summer.

The ex-Kop favourite has had a clear-out of playing staff during his time in charge and has brought in over 20 new players since his arrival.

He splashed £7million to buy Liverpool winger Ryan Kent just before the midnight signing deadline on September 2.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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