Steven Gerrard has admitted he would love to pit his managerial wits against old rival Frank Lampard in the future.
The former Liverpool captain enjoyed numerous midfield battles with Chelsea legend Lampard in his playing days, leaving football fans across the country torn over which player was superior.
And their careers remain well aligned, having both taken on their first managerial jobs at the start of last season.
Gerrard was appointed Rangers boss, a post he still holds to this day, while Lampard took the reins at Derby before sealing a return to Chelsea as their new head coach last summer.
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In an interview with former Liverpool team-mate Danny Murphy for the Daily Mail, Gerrard has praised Lampard for the work he is doing at Stamford Bridge.
“I admire Frank for his bottle, leading Chelsea in the biggest league in the world during a transfer ban. I'm proud of him as a former team-mate,” he said.
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“There will naturally be a comparison to me and Frank because there was when we were players. Could we play together? Who was better?
“There is still an element of that but the reality is we are in two completely different jobs.”
When Murphy says he would love him to reignite his rivalry with Lampard, Gerrard said: “So would I. I'm sure Frank has had the same thoughts.
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“But I'd also love to become a rival to Jose Mourinho.”
Having racked up 710 appearances for the club, and captaining them to Champions League glory in 2005, Gerrard is being tipped to become Liverpool manager at some stage in the future.
But the Gers gaffer is cautious about returning to Anfield, insisting it needs to be at the right moment.
“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 said.
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“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.
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“That's how brutal the job is, but you are aware before you go in.
“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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