Liverpool next manager odds: Gerrard second favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp, Xabi Alonso in the mix, Carragher 175/1

STEVEN GERRARD is firmly in the running to become Liverpool's next permanent manager.

That's according to odds supplied by bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the Anfield legend as the second favourite to be appointed after Jurgen Klopp has left the club.

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Gerrard looks set to win the Scottish Premiership with Rangers in his just his third year of first-team management.

The 40-year-old, who scored 186 goals in 710 appearances for Liverpool, is priced at 5/2 with Betfair to be installed as Liverpool boss.

Gerrard's original Ibrox contract was set to expire in June 2022 – as was Klopp’s.

However, in December 2019 he extended his stay until June 2024 – as did Klopp, on exactly the same day.

And the ex-England star has made no secret of his desire to one day manage his former side.

Last month Gerrard told The Athletic: "Would I love to be the coach of Liverpool one day? Is it a dream? Of course.

"It’s a club that means everything to me but we’ve one of, if not the best, managers in the world who has been absolutely incredible.

Liverpool next manager odds – Betfair

  • Pep Lijnders – 6/4
  • Steven Gerrard – 5/2
  • Xabi Alonso – 11/2
  • Julian Nagelsmann – 10/1
  • Diego Simeone – 20/1
  • Thomas Tuchel – 20/1
  • James Milner – 25/1
  • Jose Mourinho – 66/1
  • Robbie Fowler – 150/1
  • Jamie Carragher – 175/1
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"You know and I know, if one day that job ever becomes available, there will be a queue a mile long, full of top-class managers."

However, Gerrard isn't the favourite.

That spot is taken by Reds assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, who is priced at 6/4.

Another Anfield great in Xabi Alonso is third in the betting market at 11/2.

The Spanish midfielder enjoyed five seasons at Anfield, winning the Champions League and FA Cup during his stay and is gaining valuable managerial experience at Real Sociedad B.

RB Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann is further back at the double-figure price of 10/1, while Diego Simeone and Thomas Tuchel are locked at 20/1.

Current first-teamer James Milner is a 25/1 chance, while Jose Mourinho and Robbie Fowler are offered at 66/1 and 150/1 respectively.

Rounding off the field of candidates is Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher at a whopping 175/1.

Klopp looks certain to fulfil his contract with Liverpool having led the club to Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup successes.

But some supporters have started to ask questions after Thursday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley stretched their top-flight winless run to five games.

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