Former Rangers chairman Dave King has insisted that there’s no chance of Steven Gerrard returning to Liverpool any time soon, after the former England international steered Rangers to a first league title in ten years.
Gerrard – who took over at Ibrox in 2018 – has done an excellent job in what is his first managerial posting, helping the club end the domination of Old Firm rivals Celtic in his third season at the helm.
Following the Hoops draw with Dundee United on Sunday, Rangers were crowned champions for the first time since 2011, despite still having six games of the season left to play.
Currently unbeaten with 28 wins and 4 draws from 32 Scottish Premiership games, Gerrard’s side are also going strong in the Europa League, with a clash with Slavia Prague to come on Thursday, after seeing off Royal Antwerp in a thrilling tie in the last-32.
Such an impressive season has inevitably seen the 40-year-old linked with a move elsewhere and potentially even a return to Anfield in the dugout, amid the Reds’ current dismal run of form.
Despite romping to a first league title in 30 years last term, Liverpool are currently way off the pace in eighth in the Premier League, while they’ve also lost six successive home league games for the first time in their history.
That unexpectedly poor title defence has no doubt put pressure on manager Jurgen Klopp, despite the former Borussia Dortmund boss having done a superb job since taking over the club in 2015, while he’s also been rumoured with potentially replacing Joachim Low as the German national team manager.
While there is growing speculation that Gerrard could be in line to succeed the Liverpool boss in the near future, according to Rangers chairman Dave King – who was chairman from 2015 until May 2020 – that appears unlikely, with the Englishman still having a job to do north of the border.
“I think there’s a zero per cent chance of Steven going to Liverpool in the near future,” King told the Glasgow Times.
“I say that for two reasons. Liverpool as a club don’t abandon their managers very easily.
“Klopp has done a fantastic job, they’ve had a difficult season, but he is still a great manager and I think he’ll still be there next season, continuing to be successful.
“Secondly, Steven is not the type of man to break a contract. Steven extended his contract with Rangers full in the knowledge that it would require winning a title and then defending a title.
“Getting into the Champions League was another obvious target. I don’t think Steven will be satisfied with just winning the league. I know he wants to defend that league title and I know he wants to get into the Champions League.
“From Steven’s point of view spending the next few years at Rangers is going to be good for him, his career and, of course, it will be good for Rangers.
“A move to Liverpool is somewhere down the road and why would Steven want to go to another club? He loves the club, the supporters love him and he has the full support and backing of the board.
“He has a big task ahead of him, defending the league title will be important. It’s important the fans enjoy this moment because it’s been a long time coming, but next season will come around quickly.”
Although Gerrard will be keen to push on from this season’s success and take the club into the Champions League next season, it is unlikely he would be able to turn down a return to his beloved Liverpool if offered the job.