It might be a slight exaggeration to say that Steven Gerrard managing Liverpool one day is a near certainty – but it might not be too far wide of the mark.
The former Reds skipper, arguably the greatest player in the club’s history, is currently performing a fine job at Aston Villa after impressing north of the border at Rangers.
At Ibrox he did what numerous of his predecessors failed to do – finish above Celtic and make the Light Blues champions of Scotland.
Gerrard has proved almost as formidable since moving into management as he was as a player.
After stopping Celtic winning 10 in a row in Scotland last season, Gerrard won four of his first six Premier League games after moving to Villa in November.
The Midlands giants won 1-0 at Everton last weekend and Gerrard was all smiles when he left Goodison Park.
He was back on familiar ground and could have been forgiven for a cursory glance towards Anfield, Gerrard’s spiritual home.
As he continues to make his mark in management, it is hard not to feel that it is only a matter of time before he succeeds Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager.
Timing is all, of course, but Klopp’s current deal expires in 2024, by which point Gerrard could be ready to take the reins at his boyhood club.
Both Paddy Power and Betfair are offering odds of 6/4 for the 41-year-old to be the next permanent Liverpool manager.
Klopp, let it be remembered, is adored by the Kop after delivering a sixth European Cup and a first league title in 30 years to the Anfield trophy cabinet.
Pep Lijnders, the German’s trusted assistant, is rated highly and Paddy Power and Betfair make him 11/5 to succeed Klopp.
But, if Gerrard continues on his upward trajectory at Villa Park, then the calls for his return when Klopp finally leaves would be deafening.
The end of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s tenure is also gradually creeping into focus.
Guardiola’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and he will have spent seven seasons at the Etihad come the end of his multi-million-pound deal.
The 51-year-old Catalans plans to take a break from club football and declared last summer: “After seven years at Man City, I think I’ll have a break.
“I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take that path.”
Guardiola hopes to return to management with a national team after his second sabbatical.
He added: “In this process, I’d like to coach a national team, a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup. I want this experience.
“A national team will be the next step, yes. It’s the next step.”
With that in mind, odds of 6/1 to manage the Spain national team, again available with Paddy Power and Betfair, are worth taking a punt on.