Steven Gerrard: I wanted Liverpool coaching role
Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain, says he would still be at Anfield had he been offered the chance to join Brendan Rodgers’ revamped backroom team.
Gerrard's desire to become a manager is well document, making it surprising he was not part of the conversation to join Rodgers’ coaching staff when changes were made during the summer.
Rodgers appointed Sean O’Driscoll, Pep Lijnders and Gary McAllister after Gerrard quit Merseyside for LA Galaxy. Liverpool were eager to add experience and a former player to their coaching staff.
“What would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving,” said Gerrard in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a No1, No2, No3 or No4.
“Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No2, or No3 or No4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player, getting management experience that money can’t buy.
“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub. I was surprised a role wasn’t mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent but maybe it might happen one day. I’d have stayed on as a squad player if I’d had the chance to learn more about management or coaching. I left with all the doors still open, but yes, I could still have been at Liverpool now.”
Gerrard is planning to return to Anfield to retain his fitness when the MLS season ends in December.
Meanwhile, Danny Ings is expected to make his first Liverpool start at Manchester United this weekend. Ings scored two goals in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wolves during the international break.
Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain doubts and Philippe Coutinho is suspended.