Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists that he will only return to Liverpool as manager if he is a good enough candidate in the eyes of the club and the owners.
The Reds legend came through the ranks at Liverpool before spending 17 years with the club and returned as youth coach in 2017.
Gerrard was then appointed as Rangers manager ahead of the 2018/19 season, guiding the Scottish giants to their first win over rivals Celtic since 2012.
The Anfield favourite is widely touted as a replacement for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but Gerrard knows he need to be an accomplished candidate if he is to earn the role.
"I understand why because I was captain for so long and a large chunk of the fanbase would like me back at the club," he told the Daily Mail. "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."
"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."
Gerrard added that management is a steep learning curve and that he might not be ready for the Liverpool job yet, saying: "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."
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