Steven Gerrard, the current Rangers boss, wants to go toe to toe versus his old nemesis Frank Lampard as a manager.
“I admire Frank for his bottle, leading Chelsea in the biggest league in the world during a transfer ban. I’m proud of him as a former team-mate,” Gerrard told his former Liverpool colleague Danny Murphy in an interview for the Mail on Sunday.
“There will naturally be a comparison to me and Frank because there was when we were players. Could we play together? Who was better? There is still an element of that but the reality is we are in two completely different jobs.”
When asked if he would want to see the rivalry revived for 10-15 years, Gerrard replied: “So would I. I’m sure Frank has had the same thoughts. But I’d also love to become a rival to Jose Mourinho.”
“I understand why [people assume I could take over from Klopp] because I was captain for so long and a large chunk of the fanbase would like me back at the club.
“But I’m bright enough to realise that, first and foremost, you have to be good enough. The owners need to think you’re the right man.
“If I got the chance [at Liverpool] I’d want to be best prepared. You can’t plan everything season by season. If things turn in months, you’d be out of work.”
Gerrard added: “Am I ready for the Liverpool job right now? Maybe not.”