Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from playing professional football recently. The 36-year-old is set to return to his boyhood club as an academy coach under current manager Jurgen Klopp.
The former England international is reportedly considering a return to England and become a part of Klopp’s coaching staff. This will provide Gerrard with an opportunity to make his first steps into the world of management.
Gerrard is currently undergoing his UEFA A license under the guidance of Liverpool staff. Reports suggest that the lure of returning back to his childhood club in a full-time role convinced him to retire, according to the Telegraph.
However, Gerrard’s role at Liverpool is not sorted out yet. Talks are ongoing within the club hierarchy to find the best possible role for the Anfield legend. But, any role which is given to the man from Whiston, England will revolve around Liverpool’s academy, as reported by Metro.
Jurgen Klopp excited to welcome Steven Gerrard back to Anfield
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Gerrard recently spoke to BT Sport where he made his intentions clear about becoming a manager. The one-time Champions League winner also stressed about being involved with the dressing room for many years.
“In the future I definitely have dreams and aspirations of having a go at management or assisting the manager and being back involved with the dressing room” Gerrard said.
The player, who also spent some time with LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS) said that he has a lot to offer to the game. The idea of giving something back to the sport excites him.
Anfield boss Klopp is reportedly keen to add Gerrard to his list of coaching staff. The German is also excited for the player’s return to Anfield.
However, Gerrard will not be directly involved with the former Borussia Dortmund manager. He will work under Alex Inglethorpe, current Liverpool academy director.
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