Jamie Carragher is adamant that Rangers fans can play a big role in keeping Steven Gerrard at the club for years to come.
The Sky Sports pundit is a close confidante of Gerrard having played alongside him for years at Liverpool and knows better than anyone what makes him tick.
With their old club in dire straits at the moment after suffering five successive home defeats for the first time in their history, rumours have began to swirl that the Gers boss could be tempted by a return to Anfield if Jurgen Klopp vacated his position soon.
But Carragher is refusing to count that as a foregone conclusion – and he thinks Bears have a big role in keeping Gerrard.
In his Telegraph column he said: “The passion of the Rangers fans is a factor which cannot be ignored in keeping Gerrard in Scotland for a long time.
“As with Klopp’s relationship with The Kop, emotion in a stadium and affection from the supporters is a drug for a coach. Like Liverpool last season, something is missing when you win a title in lockdown.
“The chance to do it again when stadiums are full will drive Gerrard on next season because he knows what the atmosphere will be like when spectators return to acclaim a title-winning team.
“When you have that level of trust, loyalty and adulation, it is not easily sacrificed.”
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Carragher knows his stuff – this level of adulation is hard to come by anywhere else.
We are some of the most passionate and loyal fans out there and Gerrard will be well aware of the love he is receiving from Gers supporters despite the absence of fans in stadiums.
This lack of direct contact will surely leave him wanting more.
Being able to retain the title next year and start a dynasty must be a big source of inspiration for the gaffer and we don’t think any club will be able to turn his head – and that includes Liverpool.
There is plenty of time in his career for him to return to Liverpool but for now, and the next few years, he has his own home here.
We think Gerrard will be enjoying the atmosphere of Ibrox for many years to come as he looks to keep Rangers at the top of Scottish football where we belong.
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