Steven Gerrard became a Liverpool legend as a player and is shining in his first coaching position in Glasgow. Many see him as the natural successor to Jürgen Klopp. Both coaches are on contract with their club until 2024.
Jürgen Klopp has been committed for a long time. “If I was asked who I should follow, I would speak Stevie. I helped him whenever I can, ”the Liverpool coach said of his potential successor some time ago. Incidentally, that Stevie is longtime LFC captain Steven Gerrard. And he is in the process of turning the long-starved Rangers from Glasgow into something like Glasgow’s Liverpool imitations and thus almost inevitably positioning himself as the German’s successor who is possibly the most popular German on the island.
After 14 matches, the Rangers are leading the Scottish Premiership and have already scored an astonishing 37 goals. The most recent single was a football celebration against the 8-0 bottom line Hamilton – including a pathetic announcement from Gerrard. «Our stadium will be a fort again. We want to be a formidable opponent and defend our goal with our lives. Opponents have been here for a long time and they had a good time. It will not happen again, ”said the 40-year-old Rangers coach. By the way, archery Celtic is about to spoil the record of ten championships in a row.
When Gerrard took his first boss position at Rangers two years ago, paint was huge at Ibrox’s illustrious club. Although they quickly made their way from the fourth floor to the first floor after bankruptcy, they were powerless against Celtic. Gerrard came in to change – with a point of view and no disagreement for Klopp off the pitch.
More discipline, more success
From day one, Gerrard made the Rangers a «bullshit-free zone», «Daily mail“Keep it. The Liverpool legend says directly what doesn’t suit him, but never misses the necessary respect. Everyone should know where they stand, even if they don’t like to hear it. The training ground was improved. So that players can spend more time there. The penalty has also been tightened. Similarly Gerrard managed to turn the odd class into a disciplined unit that is now unbeaten in 20 games.
“Football has not changed. It is like 100 years ago. I tell my players what Gerrard Hulier and Rafa Benitez told me in 1999. “Some coaches complicate things. I tell my team very clearly how things are and what I expect from them. “
Word has been around that the Rangers have become more like a mini-LFC. «The system is similar to Liverpool, only the players are different. They play the same style away and at home, ”said George Jesus, Benfica Lisbon coach recently. The Portuguese record champions succeeded in securing 3: 3 against Gerrard’s team in early November.
Two years ago in Russia, it became clear that the big star is the coach. The Rangers were to compete in the playoffs for the Europa League at FC Ufa. Shortly after landing, Gerrard was directed to the interrogation room by an allegedly serious-looking officer. A number of Liverpool shirts were on the table – and Gerrard was kindly asked to sign them.
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