Wednesday 23 August 2017

Steven Gerrard makes his return to Liverpool with first coaching role

Steven Gerrard will take up a role at the Liverpool Academy
Steven Gerrard will take up a role at the Liverpool Academy
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Steven Gerrard has made a return to Liverpool after the club announced he has accepted a full-time capacity to take up a position within the Academy.

Anfield legend Gerrard will cut his coaching teeth in his new role with the club, working under the guidance of Academy chief Alex Inglethorpe.

“It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion - it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool,” stated Gerrard.

“I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.

“Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved.

“This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.”

Academy director Inglethorpe believes Gerrard’s appointment will prove hugely beneficial for all parties concerned.

He said: “If I was to pick one individual who embodies the characteristics and values we are looking to instil into our organisation at Kirkby, it would be Steven Gerrard. For him to have been so enthusiastic about being part of what we are looking to do is simply great news for everyone connected to the club.

“I don’t think it would surprise anyone to know that Steven has had a host of great options, in terms of what to do next in his career, including playing, management and coaching. But it’s been evident from the first meeting with him that his heart and head belongs here.

“He has shown great humility in making it clear from the outset he wants a role where he can contribute to Liverpool; it’s typical of him that his priority has been defining the role so it helps the club, ahead of himself.

“He has expressed a desire to learn from us and manage a young team. The benefits to us will be immense. This is a substantial role and one which makes the Academy and the club in general stronger and better.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that he was open to Gerrard’s return to the club following his retirement as a player last year and many will now view this step as the first on the road to his potential appointment as Reds manager at some point in the future.

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