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Steven Gerrard has issued a strong declaration on succeeding Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager amid heightened speculation over his future.

Gerrard has regularly been touted as Klopp's heir in the Anfield hot seat after making a brilliant start to his managerial career with Rangers.

The Reds legend led the Gers to the Scottish Premiership title last season and the club's pre-season results have been excellent, with a stunning victory over Real Madrid following draws against Arsenal and Brighton.

Recent triumphs have only increased Gerrard's managerial stock, but the former England midfielder insists he is "settled" and "happy" in his current post at Ibrox.

Gerrard has poured cold water on claims he will replace Klopp as Liverpool boss
(Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos)

"I can't control any media speculation about my position," Gerrard told ESPN of his links with the Liverpool and England jobs.

"I don't welcome it, I don't add to it. All I do is focus on the job I have here and I'm very flattered and grateful for the position.

"I'm very happy here, I've said it on numerous occasions, it's a huge club, I'm settled, I'm happy and I can continue to develop and keep trying to push this team forward."

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Klopp has three years remaining on his contract with Liverpool having led the club to Champions League and Premier League glory since joining in 2015.

The German has previously outlined his intention to take a year out of management when his deal expires.

This could pave the way for Gerrard to return to his boyhood club, but his latest comments suggest he could be at Rangers for the long run as he searches for the sustained success which evaded him as a player.

He added: "It has been well documented that I never won the Premier League as a player and then I went off to LA (Galaxy) and started doing my coaching badges at Liverpool's youth team, so a lot of time had passed by without the opportunity to compete.

"I took this job just over three years ago now and it gave me the opportunity again to try to compete and get that winning feeling back from a personal point of view.

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"And the wait was certainly worth it because it felt ever so good [to win the title].

"It was a big relief, obviously, to get that first big trophy in the bag, but just reminiscing and thinking back over my playing career, to feel that winning feeling again and get a winners' medal over your neck, it was absolutely top class.

"But if you look at previous managers here, like Graeme Souness, Walter Smith and the guys that have gone before me, one trophy is never enough. The demand and responsibility is always to add to the success."