Steven Gerrard has been warned that stepping into Jurgen Klopp’s shoes will be “difficult”.
The Reds hero spent 17 seasons at Anfield, lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005 while making over 700 appearances.
Since retiring in 2016, the Englishman has moved into management as he is into a third season with Scottish side Rangers.
After two seasons of finishing behind Celtic and struggling in the Europa League, Gerrard is currently guiding the Ibrox side to an unbeaten campaign.
They are top of the Scottish Premiership, leading their Old Firm rivals by nine points, while siting top of their European group.
It has seen the 40-year-old become touted as a successor to Liverpool boss Klopp, who has brought Champions League and Premier League glory to Anfield in the last two seasons.
But Johnson, who played with Gerrard for six seasons at Anfield, has suggested it will be a gig step up for the manager.
Klopp's contract is set to expire in 2024, and Johnson was asked if it would be the right time for Gerrard to step into the hot seat.
Speaking to The Warm-Up , the former defender said: “Yeah definitely.
“He’s Mr Liverpool, he loves the city in and out and he’s similar to Lamps, he’s got the right temperament for it.
“It’s one of those roles, where, with Liverpool doing so well, who would want to step into Klopp’s shoes when he leaves?
“It’s a difficult one, you kind of can’t win. It’s all about timing though, we have no idea what’s going to happen in four years time, but when the door does open if Gerrard thinks it’s the right time, I’m sure he’ll take the job.”
Johnson is not the first pundit to warn Gerrard off the job as former team-mate Jose Enrique sent the same message last month.
He said: “I believe Stevie will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good.
“Stevie is probably Liverpool's best ever player and he'll always be remembered as that, but to come in after Klopp fans will want him to win things straight away and that's not easy.
“I really like how Stevie works as a manager and things are going really well for him at Rangers, but it would be difficult to change the way Liverpool work again after Klopp and achieve success immediately.
“I would love him to one day manage Liverpool, though.”
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