Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is a strong contender to become the club's Under-18 manager following the departure of Steven Gerrard, according to respected journalist James Pearce.

Gerrard was ​appointed as Rangers manager on Friday as he looks to get the club competing with rivals Celtic - who have once again run riot in the Scottish Premiership. But the 37-year-old's departure has left a vacancy for the post of Liverpool Under-18's manager, and rumours have spread about who will be appointed next.

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Gerrard said after being appointed: "I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers.

"I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition. I can't wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this club has achieved."

Pearce released a tweet where he revealed that Fowler is a contender for the vacant role, even while his only previous managerial experience came when he managed Muangthong United in Thailand for a season.

The now 43-year-old managed to notch over 120 goals during his time at Anfield, and he established himself as a hero at the club.

With the current campaign coming to an end, Liverpool will be keen to appoint a new manager ready for the season ahead.

This season the Under-18's finished third in the Under-18 Premier League behind Manchester City and Manchester United. The side did demonstrate what they were capable of when they went on an 11-match unbeaten run, but their title push derailed in the second-half of the campaign.