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John Barnes warns Steven Gerrard over repeating Frank Lampard example


John Barnes has warned Steven Gerrard that taking the Liverpool job will be all about “timing” as he references the decline of Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

The current Rangers boss has been touted as a future Reds boss such was his success as a player at Anfield.

His recent exploits at Ibrox coupled with Jurgen Klopp’s struggles has seen talks over a return accelerated.

But Barnes has been quick to remind Gerrard of how swiftly things turned for Lampard in west London.

He returned having managed Derby and immediately had the affection of the fans.

But he was sacked less than 18 months after being appointed and Barnes is conscious that the landscape can quickly change.



Steven Gerrard is seen as a future Reds boss
Steven Gerrard is seen as a future Reds boss

He told Goal : “Well, it obviously depends on what’s considered as too early… But I do believe that the chances of Gerrard taking over from Klopp any time soon remain unlikely.

“Unless he returns to Anfield as a coach, which, given his current success with Rangers, I very much doubt he’d do.

“At the end of the day, he’s brought Rangers to the very top of the Scottish Premiership, with a team that will end Celtic’s dream of winning 10 in a row this season, so I’d say he’ll stay up there for a little bit longer and enjoy that success.

“For football managers – it’s all about timing. Frank Lampard is a prime example. One moment, Lampard was the golden child; an ex-Chelsea player adored by the fans.



Frank Lampard was sacked earlier this season
Frank Lampard was sacked earlier this season

“But then that quickly changed. And I don’t think that Steven is ready to follow in those footsteps quite yet.

“For example, if Rangers were to lose the next five games, would fans still want Steven to take over at Liverpool?

“And what if Celtic win the league next year and Rangers end up second, will they still back Steven to be the right man?

“Having said all this, I do think Gerrard, one day, would love to manage Liverpool and if he continues to perform in the way him and his team are doing just now, I see no reason why he wouldn’t be Liverpool’s manager… just not right now.”





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