HIS second season at Rangers may have once again, albeit in unusual circumstances, ended trophyless and the pressure on him to deliver silverware might be steadily mounting.

But Steven Gerrard remains firmly on course to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager whenever the German departs Anfield according to one of his former team mates.

Jamie Redknapp was an established first team player at the Merseyside giants as well as being a fixture in his national team when Gerrard first broke through.

The midfielder was instantly impressed with the athleticism, ability and ambition of the teenager who would go on to lead his boyhood heroes to Champions League success and captain his country.

Now a Sky Sports pundit and television personality, Redknapp has followed Gerrard’s coaching career closely in the last couple of years.

He feels his compatriot, who has taken Rangers into the Europa League group stages twice and steered them through to the last 16 of that competition last term, has done well even though his charges have not yet lifted a trophy.

And Redknapp is convinced the Reds great can, as has been widely mooted since he moved to Glasgow in 2018, take over from Klopp in future if he continues his progress and avoids any major slip-ups going forward.

Speaking to Kris Boyd and Robert Snodgrass on the former Scotland duo’s new The Lockdown Tactics podcast, he said: "I wasn't sure if Stevie would go into management.

“It's a bit like Frank Lampard. They've both had great careers, won everything, and I could see them just doing punditry, take the easy option. But they haven't, they've gone it at the sharp end.

“Stevie is in Scotland and doing well. Yet, it's not easy because Celtic are so strong. But Stevie has got it, you can see that. I think a few years at Rangers, and as long as he doesn't make too many mistakes, it's only a question of time before he manages Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp decides to go.”

Redknapp’s first impressions about Gerrard the player certainly proved correct - he was blown away when he first set eyes on him in a training session at Melwood and immediately tipped him to reach the very top of the game.

"I remember one day Gerard Houllier (the then Liverpool manager) brought over two players,” he said. “One was Stephen Wright, who went on to have a good career, played for Sunderland. The other was Stevie, who'd have been 16 or 17 at that time.

"Gerard said he (Wright) was the one. Both of them joined in. Stephen Wright played right-back. Stevie played in the same midfield as me and I think we were up against Paul Ince and Patrick Berger.

"I've got the ball, passed to Stevie, hoping he would give me it back and I could ping it out to the left winger, or something. But he took the ball in and on the half-turn he just hit this pass, straight through the air and into someone's feet. And I thought: 'Wow, this kid can play'. Just two minutes later he's smashed into Paul Ince, and then he is driving past people.

"Gerard Houllier came up to me at the end and asked what I thought of the right-back? I said: 'Right-back? What about the kid in midfield? He's unbelievable. He's different class, the best I've seen in years. He is a winner'. I said: 'If you can't see that then you don't know football'.”

"You know what else set him apart? His pace. He was lightning quick. It was unbelievable. He was not far off Michael Owen pace. When the pair them used to race he wasn't far off. That's what set him apart, for me. It wasn't just his bravery or his shooting power. He never really got the credit for just how quick he was.

Redknapp added: “I liked Stevie as a kid, he had a bit about him. He used to clean my boots. I remember one day, near Christmas, I said to him that I'd get him some stuff for him and his brother. I said what size of boot he was and he said 'seven, eight nine or ten!' I loved that. He was great fun.

"Listen, he has a serious side, and he is a serious football man, but he also has a great sense of humour. We had some great times.

"I only tried to help because he was a good lad. It's like anything else, I'll only help if he's a good lad. If he was someone who just had talent but had absolutely no chance then I wouldn't waste my time. He was a good lad and wanted to learn.

"Gary McAllister was also a massive influence on him at Liverpool. Glaswegians and Scousers are similar in terms of they want to win so badly.”

Redknapp was helped to settle at Anfield by another great Liverpool player who started his managerial career in Glasgow – England forward John Barnes.

He felt that Barnes would do well when he took over at Celtic and believes only the superior spending power of Rangers at that time prevented him from excelling in the dugout.

"From day one at Liverpool, John made me really welcome and told me if I never needed anything to let him know,” he said. “He was everything you'd want from a senior player. He really looked after me.

"I tried to become that person when I got older, help the likes of Steve Gerrard. John was an amazing footballer, also a great man, and never got the credit he deserved.

"I was surprised it never worked out better for John when he went to manage Celtic. I suppose it was tough time for the club, but with Kenny Dalglish also there with him, I thought it would go better.”

The Lockdown Tactics is a brand new podcast, hosted by former Scotland stars Robert Snodgrass and Kris Boyd.

Every week TLT will talk to big names with its core focus being on Mental Health and Wellbeing. It's chosen charity partner is The Kris Boyd Charity.

To watch the full interview with Jamie Redknapp go to YouTube and the various Lockdown Tactics social media platforms. It will be available from noon today.