‘Perfect’ Steven Gerrard will replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss one day, says Martin Skrtel… but former Reds defender admits he thought Jamie Carragher was ‘the one’ who would become a top manager
- Martin Skrtel says he hopes Steven Gerrard will replace Jurgen Klopp
- The Slovakian recently retired from professional football after 21 years
- He says he thought Jamie Carragher would be the one to try management
The Slovakian, who retired from the professional game after 21 years in May, said Gerrard had the personality to become the ‘perfect’ manager for Liverpool after Klopp.
Martin Skrtel has said that Steven Gerrard will prove to be the ‘perfect’ manager for Liverpool
He spent a total of eight years on Merseyside alongside Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher
He said: ‘At the moment we have Jurgen Klopp and he is the best man for the job.
‘I see Stevie as the manager after because he’s getting the experience now. He was in Glasgow [at Rangers] and now he’s in Aston Villa.
‘I hope he can do a good job there and then one day, when Jurgen or Liverpool decide to go a different way and they bring new people in, he will be the one.
‘That would be the perfect way and a perfect step for the club and also for Stevie.’
Skrtel, who played with Gerrard for six years during a mixed period for Liverpool, said that he believed the midfielder always had the aura of a career in management post-retirement about him.
Gerrard and Martin Skrtel celebrate after the defender’s goal against Manchester City in 2014
Skrtel called time on his 21-year long playing career citing health reasons in May
‘Stevie obviously has the personality and also his quality on the pitch. The guy loves football and he understands football,’ he added.
A player who has made it be known that he has no intention of stepping into management despite displaying his tactical nous on a weekly basis for Sky Sports is Jamie Carragher.
Carragher’s long-time central defensive partner said he believed during their shared playing days that Liverpool’s second-highest ever appearance maker was destined for career in management.
The former Liverpool centre-back said he did not expect his long-time partner, Jamie Carragher (centre), to go into punditry and believed he was destined for management
‘To be honest with you, I was thinking that [Jamie] Carragher would be the first one [into management],’ he said.
‘Everything from when he opened his eyes in the morning until he went to sleep was about football.
‘He would be getting a massage and he was on the phone watching other leagues, watching the Italian league. I was thinking, “He will be the one”. I didn’t ever think that he would be involved in these TV shows.’