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Inexperience concerned me: Gerrard


Opening up: Steven Gerrard
Opening up: Steven Gerrard

By Ronnie Esplin

Steven Gerrard admits his lack of experience was a worry before taking charge of Rangers - and the same reason could prompt him to turn down an offer from Liverpool.

The 39-year-old also accepted he will continue to make mistakes at Ibrox and will potentially have to manage elsewhere before being deemed suitable for his dream role at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp recently tipped the former Liverpool skipper as his natural successor as Reds boss and the pair both signed contract extensions until 2024 on the same day, but Gerrard is not making any assumptions about his career path.

The 114-times-capped England midfielder had to think carefully about taking the Ibrox role in May 2018 after one season in charge of Liverpool Under-18s.

Speaking to long-time team-mate Jamie Carragher on the Greatest Game podcast, Gerrard said of his inexperience: "It was a concern.

"And I think everyone knew - the media, everyone at Rangers and me going in - that there is going to have to be an element of learning on the job. Even now I'm going to make mistakes. I will still make mistakes.

"You can't fast-forward experience, you can't short-cut it, it just comes in time.

"I wouldn't take the Liverpool job just because of what Jurgen said. I am mature enough to know that I have to be ready for the Liverpool job.

"I'm not daft enough to think I'm going to get it just because I was a good player for Liverpool.

"I have to prove I can do it, first and foremost at Rangers or it might have to be Rangers to someone else to someone else."

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