If you’re not a Liverpool fan then there’s every chance you haven’t watched Make Us Dream , the Amazon Prime documentary about the career of Steven Gerrard.

In these tribal times the thought of 103 minutes of what you’d think would be a deification of the most Liverpudlian of Liverpool figures of the 21st century simply won’t appeal if you support quite literally anyone else. But the film isn’t what you’d expect at all.

Produced by the same team involved in the now universally adored Diego Maradona documentary, Make Us Dream opens on Gerrard in a Los Angeles Galaxy kit, and you very quickly learn just what his now pretty much forgotten post-Anfield sojourn in the States was all about.

He wanted to get away.

He had to get away.

Liverpool had eaten him alive and there was nothing left. Just endless mocking about the twist of fate that had reduced a 17-year career of excellence to one moment in the eyes of many. One error of judgement. One slip.

Gerrard always carried a weighty burden at Liverpool
Gerrard always carried a weighty burden at Liverpool

The cruelty of it all really is quite overbearing, as Gerrard himself freely admits during his days wandering about his LA mansion, so far away from it all and yet still so close.

By the end of the film Gerrard is back at Liverpool though, coaching the under-18s and plotting his career in management.

It is pretty clear what the subtext is, and what the Hollywood ending quite simply has to be. The final chapter has been written already, all he needs to do is live it out. One day.

But for now the opening of the film is the story.

Gerrard - who lived in a goldfish bowl on Merseyside for a decade-and-a-half of carrying a labouring institution’s hopes and, yes, dreams - is quite simply better off staying away from Liverpool.

Recent results aside, Liverpool have been better off staying away from him too.

Gerrard is cultivating a new reputation as a manager
Gerrard is cultivating a new reputation as a manager

Now, as he stands on the verge of winning his first ever trophy as a senior manager and of finally becoming a league champion, Gerrard has found himself and found an identity at Rangers, where he’s adored by fans of another club as the man who brought the league title back and who stopped Celtic’s 10 in a row.

The statistics behind the club’s season really are quite staggering.

Gerrard’s side have won 28 of their 32 Scottish Premiership games this season, drawing the other four.

Anyone wishing to deride the quality of the division can be silenced by the fact that Rangers are also unbeaten in Europe this season, advancing to the last-16 of the Europa League after beating Royal Antwerp 9-5 on aggregate. The Belgians beat Tottenham 1-0 in October.

Despite the fairly madcap nature of that Antwerp tie Rangers’ goals against column in the league is remarkably still only in single figures with nine conceded, and the club’s discipline throughout the season has been impressive, especially given that they picked up 12 red cards in the 2018/19 campaign, Gerrard’s first.

Morelos has largely been on his best behaviour this season
Morelos has largely been on his best behaviour this season

Four of those were for forward Alfredo Morelos, who followed that up with two more in the space of two weeks in December 2019, but the previously combustible Colombian has been as good as gold this season. He hasn't been sent off, and nor has a single one of his teammates.

That fact was remarked upon by BBC Sport’s veteran Scottish football commentator Roddy Forsyth on Radio Five Live on Saturday, when he suggested Gerrard may have “hypnotised” Morelos this year given his almost impeccable conduct. He’s also scored 15 goals.

Given his own reputation as a player who sometimes lacked discipline it is no mean feat from Gerrard to get Morelos to put aside his issues, and just as impressive is his willingness to delegate.

Again, as a player Gerrard would often carry around a sometimes unfair suggestion that he was only interested in playing for himself - something that would have been the percentage move in some of the Liverpool teams he performed in - but that is emphatically not the case as a manager.

Speaking to his old teammate Robbie Fowler on the latter’s podcast recently, Gerrard was quick to heap praise on assistant Gary McAllister and particularly first-team coach Michael Beale, whom he brought with him from Liverpool.

Tom Culshaw (left), Michael Beale (centre) and Gary McAllister (right) are given huge credit by Gerrard
Tom Culshaw (left), Michael Beale (centre) and Gary McAllister (right) are given huge credit by Gerrard

"People wouldn't believe how close I'd been watching certain people to take with me when the opportunity eventually came,” he said.

"Now, I haven't had the luxury of retiring early from the game or not having been a player in terms of having that pitch time to really become a coach who's done so for 20 years, like Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho or Michael Beale.

"It would take me 15 to 20 years to get as good as Michael Beale as an on pitch coach, to deliver sessions on a daily basis, so I let Mick be Mick Beale because he's the expert and has the skillset.”

Beale enjoys that freedom, telling The Coaches’ Voice in 2018: “Steven’s a very talented field coach, and he’ll dip his toe in here and there, but he likes to stand back and see the whole group.

Gerrard celebrated with fans outside Ibrox on Saturday
Gerrard celebrated with fans outside Ibrox on Saturday

“I like to get right in the middle. That means he’ll see things I never see.”

He’ll be seeing the Scottish Premiership title soon enough, perhaps as early as Sunday.

You are sure to read several takes on how the success serves as Gerrard’s redemption for failing to win the one trophy he prized above all others as a player, but it really is much more than that.

It is the start of a movement, of another career of success.

Until that takes him to Liverpool then there will always be those who demand that the circle be squared, but he’s just fine where he is right now.

Being his own man. Being free from it all.

Free at last.