Sunday 23 October 2016

Former Liverpool fan favourite in talks over vacant first team coach role

Chris Bascombe

Published 09/07/2015 | 10:44

Gary McAllister in action during his Liverpool days
Gary McAllister in action during his Liverpool days

Liverpool have held talks with ex-midfielder Gary McAllister about the vacant role of first team coach.

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McAllister – who spent two highly successful years at Anfield under Gerard Houllier – earned legendary status at the club for helping inspire a club treble in 2001.

The Scot’s influence on an off that park during that spell left a particularly powerful legacy as he helped nurture a young Steven Gerrard, and Rodgers may see McAllister as having a similarly positive impact on his young squad.

Rodgers has been considering different candidates as he looks for a former Liverpool player who is an emblem of the club’s ideals, and McAllister certainly comes into that category.

It remains to be seen if the role is suitable to all parties as it would appear most of the coaching responsibilities have already been taken by the manager and his other appointments of Sean O’Driscoll and Pep Lijnders.

The changes were made after the dismissal of Colin Pascoe and departure of another ex-Liverpool midfielder, Mike Marsh, during the summer.

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