STEVEN GERRARD is being lined up to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss, according to English newspaper reports.
There is speculation the Anfield gaffer may quit to take over from Joachim Low as Germany’s international manager – which would put the Rangers chief in the frame for a sensational return to Merseyside.
Klopp, of course, led The Reds to their first championship in 30 years as well as Champions League success.
But the Daily Mirror insist the former Borussia Dortmund coach, who has taken criticism this season with Liverpool way behind Manchester City in the title race, is seen as the outstanding candidate as far as the German Football Association is concerned and they will make their approach once Low’s own future is sealed.
Low has been in sole charge since 2006, leading his country to victory in the 2014 World Cup, but then enduring a nightmare 2018 World Cup and UEFA Nations League.
Despite calls for his sacking, he has remained in control with his contract encompassing this summer’s European Championship finals and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Low may not survive any future failure in the Euros in June which would prompt an earlier than expected approach for Klopp.
And the newspaper reports a well-placed Liverpool source has stated it would be one Klopp would find difficult to resist.
Apparently, the club’s principal owner John W. Henry and chairman Tom Werner have been keeping a close eye on Gerrard’s work at Ibrox with the club on the brink of winning their first title in a decade after the nine-year dominance of Celtic.
The Liverpool legend is in his third year in Glasgow and is poised for his initial silverware success while the team are due to face Leicester City’s conquerors Slavia Prague in the last-16 of the Europa League.