Paul Merson urges Steven Gerrard to remain at Rangers to improve chances of becoming Liverpool manager

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    Steven Gerrard has guided Liverpool to their first league title in 10 years (Getty)

    Paul Merson believes Steven Gerrard should stay at Rangers to improve his chances of becoming Liverpool manager.

    Gerrard began his managerial career at Rangers in 2018 and has now guided the Scottish club to their first league title in 10 years.

    The 40-year-old has made no secret of his desire to manage Liverpool following his 17-year career as a player at Anfield.

    And Merson believes that in order to fulfil that dream, Gerrard needs to resist the temptation to leave Rangers for a club lower down in the Premier League.

    ‘If it was me, I’d stay at Rangers,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

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    ‘If I want the Liverpool job, I stay at Ibrox. He’s taken this club forward; they play good football and they are all singing off the same hymn sheet. They are a good team.

    Rangers have secured their 55th league title
    Rangers have secured their 55th league title (PA)

    ‘In football, things can change very quickly. If you take a job at a bottom half Premier League side and all of a sudden you start losing games, and then the Liverpool job comes up, you only get that job if you are rolling. You don’t get it on what you did the year before. It doesn’t work like that.

    ‘It’s all about timing and if Gerrard wants the Liverpool job, I think he should stay at Rangers. He’s at a massive football club.

    ‘He’s a winner and they are winners. Also, throw in the fact he’ll get some Champions League experience next season too.

    ‘If you want the Liverpool job you stay there but, if you want to push yourself to the next level as soon as possible then you take a Premier League job, but it will be a bottom half side to start with.

    ‘Whatever happens, he is a top manager.

    ‘Don’t let anyone tell you it is easy in Scotland. To dismantle a Celtic team that has dominated for that long, that takes some doing.’

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