Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he may not be ready to become manager of the Anfield club right now.
The Merseyside hero, who spent all but one season of his playing career with the Reds, still believes he needs more time before he could consider the role.
Right now, current manager Jurgen Klopp is going nowhere but when queried about whether the Liverpool job would be his next one Gerrard was candid about the possibility.
He was also honest and believes after the success of Klopp not even his idol status at Anfield could save him from the sack if he has a poor couple of months with Liverpool.
And he claims he may need to take on a couple of other jobs before he is ready to take up an Anfield post.
Asked by Murphy about fans assuming he will be the next man in the role after Klopp, he replied: “I understand why because I was captain for so long and a large chunk of the fanbase would like me back at the club. But I’m bright enough to realise that, first and foremost, you have to be good enough. The owners need to think you’re the right man.
“Let’s say Klopp wins the Premier League, Champions League and goes because he feels he can’t do any more. They aren’t going to pick me if I am only the 20th best candidate.
“If things turn bad in a couple of months you are out of work. That is how brutal the job is.
“And nobody asks if I think I need two or three goes elsewhere. If I got the chance [at Liverpool] I’d want to be best prepared. “You can’t plan everything season by season. If things turn in months, you’d be out of work.
“That’s how brutal the job is, but you are aware before you go in. Jurgen Klopp told me he’d made two years of mistakes away from the cameras, getting his pitch confidence. That is what I did at Liverpool with the youngsters. I didn’t go into Rangers thinking I’d cracked it. Am I ready for the Liverpool job right now? Maybe not.”