Steven Gerrard has had ‘massive impact’ on Liverpool star thriving under Jurgen Klopp

Rangers: Gerrard's men crowned Scottish champions

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been praised for his work with Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones during his time at the club. Gerrard was previously a coach with the Liverpool academy before moving to Scotland.

Gerrard is raking in the plaudits after leading Rangers to Scottish Premiership glory.

The Gers beat St Mirren on Saturday before Celtic drew against Dundee United on Sunday to secure the title’s return to Ibrox.

Gerrard’s managerial ability has been praised, having guided Rangers to their first title in ten years.

Speculation has even linked him with a return to Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp failing to get his players going in recent months.

Gerrard spent time at the Liverpool academy prior to joining Rangers, working in the academy.

And during that time, the legendary midfielder worked with Jones – who has now broken into the first team under Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Mark Lawrenson discussed Gerrard’s work with the young midfielder and explained it proves his man management skills.

He said: “As a manager, it comes down to the fundamentals of how you handle modern players – and your recruitment. You can see Steven’s talent for that when you look at how he has dealt with Alfredo Morelos.

“The striker looked like he wanted to leave Rangers and Steven and the club have dealt with it brilliantly and got him playing well again.

“If you ask someone like Curtis Jones at Liverpool, he will say that Steven had a massive impact on him while coaching the under-19s.

“He gave him a lot of tough love.”

Despite heaping praise on Gerrard, Lawrenson believes it would still be a huge gamble for Liverpool’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, to hire the former midfielder if Klopp were to go.

He added: “There has always been the issue of whether Steven will manage Liverpool or not. Due to Liverpool’s poor season, everyone is saying ‘Steven will be next, Steven will be next’, so that shout has grown louder.

“What I would say is that, for all the success at Rangers, managing Liverpool is on a different spectrum. It would be a massive step. It would be a big gamble for the club’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – to appoint him.

“I think the one-eyed Liverpool fan would be saying ‘Get Stevie G in’ if Jurgen Klopp were to leave, but I think others would take a step back and go: ‘he’s done an absolutely fabulous job at Rangers, he was a great player, but maybe he would need to take another job in the Premier League first’.

“I also don’t see Klopp going anywhere. He has been as close to Bill Shankly as the club have ever had, he won’t be losing his job anytime soon.”

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