Liverpool fans don't want me as manager, says Rangers' Steven Gerrard

Gerrard lends support to struggling Reds boss Jurgen Klopp

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says Liverpool fans "don't want me to be the manager", with the Reds legend throwing his support behind underfire Jurgen Klopp following a string of poor results.

Liverpool legend Gerrard recently guided the Glasgow club to a first Scottish Premier League title in 10 years, denying Celtic a 10th successive crown in the process.

His success comes at a time when Klopp, who guided Liverpool to a first English title in 30 years last season by a margin of 18 points, presides over an alarming slump in form that has seen the Reds lose eight times in the league since January and dropped to eighth in the Premier League table.

Speculation in the British media has suggested Gerrard, who made more than 700 appearances for Liverpool during a distinguished playing career, could replace Klopp, who has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Joachim Low when he steps down as Germany boss after the European Championship this summer.

Klopp, who also guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2019, ruled himself out of the Germany job at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"The Liverpool fans don't want me to be the manager," Gerrard told ITV News. "They want Klopp to continue to be the Liverpool manager - and I'm totally with them.

"We shouldn't talk about this. We have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute.

"I've got a job here. I don't think it's helpful to talk about this and I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years."


Six Premier League defeats in a row at Anfield


Gerrard, 40, spent 17 seasons at Liverpool as a player and won the Champions League title in 2005. He also worked for the Merseyside club as a youth coach before taking charge of Rangers in 2018.

"Liverpool is my club. I had a great journey. Is it a dream for me to one day be Liverpool manager? Yes, it is, but not yet and who's to say I'll ever be good enough."

Rangers face Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday in the Czech Republic.

Liverpool, meanwhile, take on RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie in Budapest.

The tie was switched to the Hungarian capital due to travel restrictions to the UK caused by the coronavirus pandemic.