Steven Gerrard is “ready” to return to Liverpool as manager whenever he is called on, according to Anfield hero John Arne Riise.
But the former left-back insists current boss Jurgen Klopp’s future is in his own hands amid the Reds’ slump in form.
Liverpool suffered their sixth consecutive home defeat at the hands of Fulham on Sunday with Klopp admitting he has reached a low point in his career.
Klopp’s achievements on Merseyside mean he is almost certain to have the luxury of deciding his own future.
But club chiefs are growing increasingly concerned he may be tempted to take the Germany job this summer.
These concerns will only grow with the news Germany manager Joachim Low will step down after this summer’s Euros.
Gerrard, meanwhile, has shone in his first senior managerial role and won his maiden honour on Sunday as his Rangers side were crowned Scottish Premiership champions – ending the Gers’ 10-year wait for a league title.
Riise is not surprised to see his former teammate thriving at Ibrox and insists he is primed to take the Liverpool job as soon as Klopp calls time on his Anfield tenure.
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Riise told Mirror Football : “Obviously he won the league on Sunday, Stevie, which is a massive achievement for him and his team.
“I always knew he was going to be a success because he is a hard-working person, not just on the pitch but as a manager. I’m very happy for him.
“People are saying ‘He doesn’t have the experience yet, he’s young’. One thing I know about Steven Gerrard: he’s always going to be ready for anything that comes to him, because he’s that type of person.
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“So I think that when Klopp decides to stop managing Liverpool – I think Klopp is the one to decide if he keeps going or not, he’s never going to get sacked, he’ll get an agreement to go when he doesn’t see a future there – when he goes if it’s one, two, three, four years, I think Stevie’s going to be the next man.”
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