Former Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson claims that Steven Gerrard would be in danger of tarnishing his legacy if he ever decided to return to Anfield as manager.
Johnson, who played with Gerrard for six years between 2009 and 2015, says that while his former teammate has done an outstanding job at Rangers, there is no guarantee that he would be as successful if he took the reins at Liverpool:
“He is Mr Liverpool. His reputation is amazing and rightfully so. If he goes there and things don’t work out as a manager then that’s how you will be remembered. Sometimes you don’t want to go back to a lit firework. You’ve got to be careful what you wish for.”
“He’s a great bloke, a great friend and he would do well at Liverpool, but it’s a tricky scenario because you don’t want to tarnish your reputation. It shouldn’t be like that anyway, he should be applauded for taking the risk. Look, hopefully, one day he’ll get the job and he’ll do fantastic.”
With Jurgen Klopp expected to stay with the Reds until his contract expires in 2024, there is still a lot of time before Gerrard’s dream job even becomes available.
Whether the 41-year-old would be worried about failing in the role, as Johnson suggests, is anyone’s guess and it isn’t a question that will concern fans of Rangers.
Supporters of the Light Blues will instead be looking forward to, at least, three more successful years with Gerrard at the helm, which will hopefully see the Scottish club lifting more major trophies.