Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is sure that Steven Gerrard will become manager at Anfield in the future.
Gerrard returns to his boyhood club on Saturday as manager of Aston Villa – the first time that he will compete at Anfield as a visitor.
Once Gerrard retired from playing, he began coaching Liverpool’s youth teams before taking the Rangers job, and Klopp told a press conference on Friday that he expects the former midfielder to return to Merseyside as head coach in the future.
When asked if he’ll ever coach the senior side one day, Klopp said: “Oh yeah. I think absolutely.
“He [Gerrard] is doing really well but is very young from a manager’s point of view.
“When is the right moment to take the manager’s job? We saw it with Frank [Lampard] at Chelsea. But yes, I think it will definitely happen – and good for everybody.
“I don’t know what you have to do before you become Liverpool manager. I know people say you have to win things but I’m not sure about that. It is more important you win things when you are here, you don’t have to win things in the past with all this ‘proven winner’ rubbish.
“You can win things in the past and never win things again. Everything what he did so far looks good and he’s going in absolutely the right direction – but what does that mean?
“I can’t see a scenario where I will be involved in that decision [to appoint him) but who knows what the future brings. We will see.”
In the short term, Gerrard is solely focused on Villa and he stressed that he is ready to upset supporters of his former side if it means picking up three points with the Villains on Saturday.