It has been three years since Steven Gerrard left his position as an academy coach at Liverpool to go up to Glasgow and take on one of British football’s toughest tasks in winning the title with Rangers and therefore also stopping Celtic’s march towards 10 in a row.
This season, Gerrard and his team have done exactly that by winning the Scottish Premiership for the 55th time and the first time in a decade. His side also remain unbeaten with 30 wins and six draws from their 36 league matches so far.
A massive achievement for any manager at any club, but the 40-year-old gaffer won’t be getting too carried away thanks to some smart advice from Jurgen Klopp back in 2018 while still at Liverpool.
"I remember having a conversation with Jurgen about management before I even took this role - what are some of the key things you can tell me? What can I take from you that will help me moving forward?”
“He always said to try and be as balanced as you can. Now I know exactly why he said that.”
“Because this journey takes you all over the place - incredible feelings, but it has also taken me down as well.”
Gerrard then continued in his interview with Sky Sports saying, “I’ll be immensely proud of what we achieved, I’ll reset myself and do whatever I need to do in the background to try and make this group as strong and competitive as I can.”
“I’m ambitious as anyone connected to this club. I want to try and get this club Champions League football and to defend our title with our life and I want to put the cup thing right as it doesn’t sit well with me.”
“I want to come back in pre-season with a fair chance of being successful, that’s all I ask for. Hopefully the board will support me on that and we go again.”
Gerrard clearly remains committed to the Rangers task and that one line of advice from Klopp has helped him remain humble yet fully focused. Many Liverpool supporters think Gerrard should be the man to replace Klopp in years to come, but only time and experience will tell.