Kenny Dalglish in ‘you didn’t need to be Einstein’ verdict over Gerrard success

Proud Kenny Dalglish believes it was clear as day that Steven Gerrard was destined to be a top manager as soon he as he started working with Liverpool’s U18 side.

Former Rangers chairman Dave King lifted the lid on how he tempted the 40-year-old to Ibrox back in 2018 as the Light Blues close in on a first Premiership title in a decade.

But Dalglish reckons it was obvious that Gerrard was destined for the top with the way he was able to relate to younger players and bring the best out in them.

And that has proved true with Rangers four wins from title glory and gearing up for a Europa League last 32 showdown with Royal Antwerp.

Speaking to the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “Dave King has been in the news, giving his thoughts on a few things, from Celtic’s current situation to his appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager.

“He did ask for my opinion on Steven’s suitability to become the gaffer at Ibrox.

“Back then, in 2018, he was managing the youth team at Liverpool. He was doing so in a first-class manner, and making a fine impression.

“One of the biggest things Steven had in his locker early in his coaching journey was that it was clear he was able to improve players.

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“Many of the players he’d have to work with wouldn’t be on the same level as he was during his playing career. But he was patient, and able to get his messages and instructions across in the perfect way.

“Being able to get the best out of players – and improve them – are massive ticks against anyone’s name.

“So my view – as I have stated many times in this column – was that Steven had an excellent future in management.

“But you didn’t need to be Albert Einstein to figure out that he the qualities to manage at a higher level!”

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