Our view: Gerrard's Rangers problems good for Liverpool

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Liverpool should be encouraged by the task facing Steven Gerrard.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is no secret that Liverpool's ideal succession plan for Jurgen Klopp one day will be Steven Gerrard.

Both managers renewed contracts earlier this season at Liverpool and Rangers until 2024, with the deals announced within hours of each other.

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While Klopp enjoys unprecedented success at Liverpool, Gerrard is in a tough spot at Rangers.

 

His side's title bid has stumbled for the second year in a row in February, with a loss last night putting them 10 points behind bitter rivals Celtic.

Liverpool should look at this predicament with an open mind and consider it a positive.

It's a positive because it represents a serious obstacle for Gerrard to overcome.

Some felt his appointment at Rangers came too easily, and was based on reputation and name value considering he had no management experience.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in...

If he achieved success easily in Scotland it would have taught Liverpool nothing over how prepared he is one day to take over at Anfield.

It should not be as easy as turning up, putting his ideas in place, and signing a lot of players.

The real challenge for Gerrard comes when his initial plans do not work.

He has to find a way to figure it out, either this season, or in the summer to come back stronger next season to finally win trophies.

If he can do this, it will be so much more impressive than if he just turns up and wins straight away.

And lets face it, with Klopp's contract running until 2024, Liverpool are in no hurry. 

If Gerrard can figure it out, and Rangers give him the time to do so and don't get impatient, then eventually he will pass his test and come to Anfield to replace Klopp better prepared, battle hardened, and proven.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers  Auchenhowie Training Centre on...

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