Rangers ‘reminds Steven Gerrard of Liverpool’ as Jermain Defoe backs boss to become future Reds manager
Rangers star Jermain Defoe believes manager Steven Gerrard’s main goal is to take charge at Liverpool one day.
Defoe is playing for Gerrard at Rangers and helped the club win their 55th Scottish Premiership title.
It broke the decade long Celtic dominance and has boosted the managerial credentials of the Liverpool legend.
And Defoe, 38, fully expects Gerrard to end up managing his former club.
“That’s probably the main goal. That’s probably what he’s striving for,” he told Darren Bent’s Boot Room on talkSPORT.
“Because he’s done so well and that’s what he’s striving for and it’s his first main job really. He went from Liverpool Under-18s straight to Rangers, even then people probably thought that was a big job for your first job.
“To dominate domestically was special, but people might look at it and think it’s either going to be Celtic or Rangers, but to compete in Europe as well.
“At some point I think he will go on to manage Liverpool.”
Defoe initially left Bournemouth to join Rangers on loan before making the move permanent in the summer.
He has scored 29 times in 66 appearances and revealed how Gerrard sold the idea of moving to the Glasgow club.
“When I was at Bournemouth, you know what it’s like, sometimes everything just happens at once,” Defoe said.
“The window opened, I spoke to Eddie Howe, wanted to leave and I’ve got the same agent as Stevie (Steven Gerrard).
“He went to one of the European games and they pulled him aside and asked about the situation at Bournemouth and ‘we’d love to have you at Rangers, blah, blah, blah’.
“Stevie being a manager and ex-teammate, I met him in London, had a discussion and did a presentation and he said something to me and I was like ‘wow’. Rangers reminds him of Liverpool. The size of the club reminds him of Liverpool.
“That’s a powerful statement and we know the size of the club and it’s history and I thought. I’d be good for me and a new challenge and opportunity to win a league title.”
Defoe was teammates with Gerrard with England and admitted he saw others as future managers ahead of the current Rangers boss.
The 38-year-old added: “My time with England and the squads, I felt there was other players that you thought maybe he’d go on to be a manager.
“I spoke to Jamie Carragher the other day and thought he’d be someone who’d go on to be a manager because he’s so vocal.
“Stevie was probably more reserved and focused and probably done all his talking on the pitch.
“I don’t think it surprised me because he’s a winner. He always talks about Rangers standards, even if you are winning 6-0 or 7-0, the standards can’t drop.
“It’s not really surprised me he’s done well, to be honest.”
Listen to the full interview with Jermain Defoe on Darren Bent’s Boot Room this Sunday at 8pm!