Luis Garcia doesn’t see any reason why Steven Gerrard cannot be Liverpool manager in a “couple” of years’ time.
Reds fans have had little to get excited about since the start of 2017 with their League Cup and FA Cup dreams ruined and hopes of lifting the title hanging by a thread – which may be snapped by a loss at home to Chelsea on Tuesday night – but one cause for long-term optimism is Gerrard’s comeback.
After seeing out his contract in America with LA Galaxy there was a small amount of speculation that the former midfield general may step into a full-time managerial role – MK Dons were mooted – but he has instead headed back to his old stomping ground, where he will be working with Liverpool’s youngsters as he trains for his coaching badges.
Although there’s a long way to go, Garcia, speaking exclusively to 888sport, has already stirred the pot by suggesting that he’s destined for the role currently occupied by Jurgen Klopp and could be the boss in a “couple of years”:
“Having Stevie around the academy will be a big boost because he is a very important character for Liverpool. I’m sure everyone at the club is very happy to have him there and I cannot see why he will not be the manager one day. He’s getting his badges with young players. Why not? We will see in a couple of years, first as an assistant coach and then manager. We’ve seen it before.”
There’s little to suggest Klopp’s role is in jeopardy right now, though, even though some fans have called for change on Twitter amid a decline in form.
Garcia has some previous with Chelsea, he was the scorer of that ‘ghost goal’ in the clubs’ famous Champions League semi-final meeting back in 2005, which he alludes to often on Instagram…
And, again talking to 888sport, the former Kop attacker has spoken about the coming meeting between the Merseysiders and the Londoners, describing it as a must-win match for his old side, not just for any title hopes, but for their top four aspirations:
“It is a difficult, difficult game especially how it has been these past few weeks but we cannot be worried about the title race, because that was only possible for a short period of time. The target at the beginning of the season was to finish inside the top four. For that we need to worry because teams around Liverpool are only getting better.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Luis Garcia, including his thoughts that Liverpool need to beat Chelsea because top four spot is now in jeopardy.