The Gers manager enjoys the notion of pitting his wits against two former Premier League competitions, but he won’t take the Reds reins too premature.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has nothing but praise for Frank Lampard – but admits he’s counting down the days until he can take on his old England team-mate in the Premier League.

Gerrard and Lampard formed the center of the 3 Lions midfield for at least a decade, with both guys won over 100 caps until they retired from international football at the end of the 2014 World Cup.

The Liverpool legend hung up his boots in 2016 following a year in MLS with LA Galaxy, a month or two before Lampard, also stateside with New York City FC, took his final bow.

And the pair both chose to go into training, with Gerrard currently impressing in the Ibrox helm in his first senior management job, having previously worked in the youth ranks at Liverpool.

Lampard took the step up from Derby County to Chelsea in the summer, also contains the Blues on course for Champions League eligibility following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Tottenham.

Gerrard is thrilled to see that his former colleague prosper, especially with Chelsea being frozen out of the market.

“I admire Frank because of his bottle, leading Chelsea from the largest league in the world in a transfer ban. I am proud of him as a former team-mate,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“There will naturally be a contrast to me and Frank since there was when we were gamers.

“Can we play together? Who was better? There’s still an element of that but the truth is we’re in two completely different tasks.”

When it was proposed that they could resume their former Premier League competition on the seat, Gerrard confessed that he loved that thought – although he’s not in a hurry to take over at Anfield.

“I am sure Frank has had exactly the exact thoughts. But I’d also like to eventually be a rival to Jose Mourinho,” he added.

“I know why [people assume I could take over from Klopp] since I had been captain for so long and a huge chunk of the fanbase want me back in the club.

“But I am smart enough to realise that, first of all, you need to be good enough. The owners will need to think you are the ideal man.

“When I got the opportunity [at Liverpool] I would want to be best prepared. You can not plan everything season. If things turn in weeks, you would be out of work.

“Am I prepared for the Liverpool job at this time? Maybe not.”