It has been reported that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could eventually become the manager of the club.
However, former Red Jamie Carragher has made it clear that the 41-year-old would only become the Liverpool boss on merit.
Gerrard was in charge of the Rangers side that won the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership. However, the Scouser became Aston Villa's manager earlier this week.
As quoted by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, Carragher told The Telegraph the following: "I can promise you this: Steven Gerrard will only ever want to become Liverpool manager on merit. And the Liverpool supporters will only want him to become Liverpool manager on those terms.
"Not because of some kind of romantic homecoming. When [Jurgen] Klopp goes, Liverpool will only employ the best man for the job, as they did when making their last appointment in 2015.
"Gerrard's connection is an advantage if the day comes when he is a serious candidate. Until then, it is a subject overplayed and should not be on the agenda right now.
"His sole professional focus will be on the task at hand - in this case turning Villa into a Premier League force again. His presence around the club, the aura he has and the demands he places upon himself - and expects of others - could be transformative."
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We absolutely love Gerrard. The midfielder was some player for the club.
Gerrard scored 186 goals and registered 150 assists in 710 appearances for Liverpool. The 41-year-old also won nine major trophies with the Reds.
However, we would only want to see Gerrard become the manager of the club on merit. We always want the best available person to take charge of the club.
As we have pointed out, Gerrard has the ability to manage a football club. Hopefully the Scouser can further strengthen his credentials at Aston Villa, as we would love to see the legend eventually manage Liverpool.