Steven Gerrard still has all the credentials to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, despite facing calls for dismissal at Aston Villa. That’s according to his former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is convinced the former Three Lions captain will have a successful managerial career following a troubled return to the Premier League.
Gerrard planned for Rangers’ 55th league title triumph in 2021 before moving to the Midlands six months later, but is now apparently on borrowed time after failing to fully win over Villa’s demanding fanbase.
But while Eriksson is surprised to see his former player in trouble, he is under no illusions that he has what it takes to succeed Klopp at Liverpool when the time is right.
The Swede told OLGB: “I am surprised to see Steven Gerrard struggling because he is a good coach and manager, he knows football and he is down to earth.
“As a player, we all know he was great. As a manager in Scotland, he did well and I can see in the future that he will be the one to take charge of Liverpool after Klopp, I guess. It wouldn’t be like that.” surprise anyone.
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Gerrard’s pragmatic style of football is, stylistically, similar to that of former boss Rafael Benítez, who worked alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, where they won the 2005 Champions League.
The Spaniard has also come out in defense of his former captain by declaring that he is doing the right thing by facing criticism head-on.
Benítez has advised Gerrard to remain calm in the situation and be confident that he can turn the tide in his favour.
“It doesn’t matter what you say because in the end they’re going to point the finger at you,” Benitez said. “I think he is doing the right thing. He’s saying what he has to say and taking responsibility, and that’s it.
“I still think they have a good team and I think they can do better, so if they have this patience and confidence in him then I think he will do well. But you never know. He was right when he said and told the players ‘listen, I’ll take responsibility, don’t worry and keep fighting for the fans,’ so he’s saying the right thing.
“Now you have to be calm. When people talk too much around you, that’s when you have to make decisions. That’s when I say experience makes a big difference. You have to analyze what is happening, what you can do and if you can change something or not.
“We are talking about changing the system when you are winning (against Graham Potter and Chelsea), so you have to be careful with these kinds of decisions. So, you start to change and you listen to too many people and you start to make mistakes.”
Villa will travel to Fulham on Thursday in a match that could prove decisive for Gerrard.
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