Danny Murphy has spoken out about the speculation surrounding Steven Gerrard and Newcastle United - saying the Liverpool legend would not jeopardise his future by taking the job.

Though Steve Bruce took charge of Newcastle in their defeat to Tottenham at the weekend, there have been various reports suggesting that the experienced coach could soon be replaced.

Gerrard , who led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, has been one of the names rumoured to be of interest to Newcastle’s owners, after forming a successful side at Ibrox.

However, his ex- Liverpool team-mate Danny Murphy has insisted that it is a gamble for the former Reds captain, given his long-term managerial ambitions.

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“A massive club like Rangers decided to take a risk on Stevie and it worked, both ways, but there is a degree of loyalty needed to be shown back and I’m sure he feels that way,” he said.

“I think the bit he wouldn’t say and I don’t mind saying it - I haven’t spoken to him - but I think in the back of his mind because he’s bright, he’ll be thinking: ‘This is a hell of a risk, going to Newcastle at this stage.’

“And furthermore his ultimate ambition - I know he’s focused on Rangers - is to manage Liverpool Football Club.

“Now, if you go to Newcastle and it doesn’t go well and you mess it up, it might just jepardise that opportunity.

"He’s not going to do that.”

The North East club currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, having earned three points from their opening eight games.

Meanwhile, Gerrard is competing to win back-to-back titles with Rangers, who are a point ahead of Hearts at the top of the table, and has distanced himself from the speculation .

As the ECHO reported earlier this month , despite the vast amounts of wealth that Newcastle’s Saudi-backed consortium has, the club’s spending will be constrained by the limits of Financial Fair Play.

With Newcastle still in a perilous position, Murphy has advised Gerrard that any failure at Newcastle could jeopardise any potential future appointment at Liverpool, despite Jurgen Klopp still being in charge.

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“You know football, things can happen quickly, in a year, two years, three years. Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic manager, I’m not getting him out the club, I’m just saying things change quickly for whatever reason. There can be personal circumstances, can be anything,” he told TalkSport.

“Stevie’s not going to jeopardise that foundation. He's already built a good stock, he’s winning things, he’s successful at Rangers.

“If he goes to Newcastle and fails, if he goes in now or in January and they get relegated, struggles in the Championship or doesn’t have a good start, for whatever reason.

“All the money in the world, you’ve still got to get that blend and the relationship in the team. Why take the risk?”