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Liverpool great Barnes: Rangers boss Gerrard needs years under his belt before taking Anfield job

Liverpool great John Barnes says Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is still years away from being ready for the Anfield job.

Barnes insists Jurgen Klopp's eventual successor must be an experienced manager.

Asked who he'd want to replace Klopp, Barnes told bettingodds.com: "Pep Guardiola.

"Of course there are other managers that you would think are better suited, such as Steven Gerrard who has had a very good season at Rangers, but is he going to come to Liverpool off the back of one good year?

"Of course he would be given time because of his relationship with Liverpool.

"If you were to ask me now, if Jurgen Klopp left Liverpool tomorrow would I think Steven was the man for the job? Probably not because you would want a manager with more experience and is proven at the highest level.

"He would be given time because he's Steven Gerrard, but would that be the right thing for Liverpool? Maybe not.

“I'm sure Steven will do really well over the course of his career, but he's going to have to show a longer level of consistency over a longer period of time before we start linking him with the Liverpool job."


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