Truth behind Steven Gerrard ‘growing up an Everton fan’ amid manager job links

Many a Liverpool fan will hope to see Steven Gerrard take over the Anfield dugout at some point, but the managerial vacancy at Everton could see him return to Merseyside’s blue half before then.

Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid on Tuesday has left a void at Goodison Park, and Rangers boss Gerrard is reportedly being considered by the Toffees as a surprise candidate for the job.

Everton fans were quick to revive an old photo of the Reds icon wearing their kit as a child, though Gerrard has already explained he had little choice in the matter.

The 41-year-old spoke to former team-mate Jamie Carragher on The Greatest Game podcast, explaining he was given their rivals’ kit as a prize for winning a penalty shoot-out in a local competition.

Carragher, 43, quizzed his old Premier League comrade on whether it was a “competition to be an Everton fan?”

Gerrard replied: “No, no, no. It changed every year. So one year it was at Goodison (Park), one year it was at Anfield.

“If you won it the year it was at Goodison, it was the Everton kit, picture with whatever they won that year.

“It was a local tournament but the prize was you go to Goodison, you get a brand new Everton kit.

“And, whatever they’ve won that year, you get your picture taken with it.”

The host joked his former captain—who comes from a household divided between the two clubs—didn’t have a problem donning blue at the time, to which Gerrard said: “You won the competition.

“So if you don’t do it, you don’t go. It was one of them.”

Ancelotti, 61, has been unveiled as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Real, returning to the Santiago Bernabeu six years after he was sacked by the Spanish giants.

Gerrard’s name has reportedly been added to the list of contenders to assume the reins at Goodison. The Liverpudlian’s stock is high after taking Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade, denying Celtic a 10th straight title as his side went undefeated in the league.

It’s far from the first time Gerrard has been shown the photo of him in Everton colours, adding: “I see that picture every couple of days!

“I used to get all different kits for Christmas. I remember I had a Tottenham kit, was it Holsten (as the sponsor).

“I had a Norwich kit… Thank God, these pictures have never surfaced. But that Everton one keeps popping up.”

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Both Jurgen Klopp and Gerrard will be out of contract when their current deals expire in 2024, which some fans consider an alignment of the stars for the latter to finally return to Anfield.

It was suggested in March that Gerrard could be fast-tracked into the job after Liverpool endured a torrid run of form, but the 2005 Champions League final hero put his faith in incumbent Klopp: "We have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute, I love him. I hope he stays for a few more years.

"I've got a job here and I don't think it's helpful to talk about this and I hope Jurgen stays at Liverpool for many years.

"Liverpool is my club. I had a great journey. Is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is, but not yet and who's to say I'll ever be good enough. There's a lot of managers on this planet, we need to respect Jurgen first and foremost."

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