JOSE ENRIQUE has warned Steven Gerrard not to become Jurgen Klopp's successor as Liverpool boss because the pressure would be too high.
The Spaniard claimed he believes the current Rangers manager – who is his former Reds captain – will eventually take over the reins at Anfield but issued a word of caution.
Cult hero Enrique has claimed that it won't be a decision Liverpool will have to make soon but warned against it being former England hero Stevie G for now.
He told Ladbrokes: "I do not know who'll replace Klopp, but I hope it won't be a decision the club has to make any time soon.
"Look at the difference he has had on the team, and the players who now want to come and play for us.
"Before he came and even when he joined, it was Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho – our best players at the time, who wanted to move to better teams and now we have Thiago coming from Bayern – who have just won the treble – to play for Liverpool because Klopp has made us one of the best clubs in the world.
"I believe Stevie (Gerrard) will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good.
I believe Stevie (Gerrard) will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good
"Stevie is probably Liverpool's best ever player and he'll always be remembered as that, but to come in after Klopp fans will want him to win things straight away and that's not easy.
"I really like how Stevie works as a manager and things are going really well for him at Rangers, but it would be difficult to change the way Liverpool work again after Klopp and achieve success immediately.
"I would love him to one day manage Liverpool, though."
German Klopp still has long-term dreams at Liverpool after ending the club's long wait for a Premier League title last term.
A year before that the former Borussia Dortmund boss delivered the Merseysiders' sixth Champions League crown.
And Klopp believes his ideal, eventual replacement would be all-time great Reds midfielder Gerrard, 40, who is currently in his third season at Rangers.
'José Enrique was speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes – the home of 5-A-Side.'
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