Legend Gerrard to become a coach within the Liverpool academy
- Reds’ longest-serving captain made 710 appearances for his boyhood club.
- Linked with the manager’s job at League One side MK Dons.
- Work closely with academy director Alex Inglethorpe.
- Career has come full-circle.
- Ended playing career last November.
- Continued to visit Kirkby when in UK, working closely with Alex Inglethorpe.
- Work with all age-groups while he continues studying to obtain his full coaching badges.
Completing the circle
Gerrard has been doing his Uefa A licence but will also bring with him invaluable experience and expertise from his career. The lure of going back to the club who helped him become the global icon he was and still is was clearly impossible to resist.
“It feels like completing the circle – returning to the place where professionally it all began,” said Gerrard in a statement. “However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.”
“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.”
Ingelthorpe believes Gerrard’s presence will prove inspirational for those who want to follow in his footsteps. This is exciting time for Liverpool’s academy, with young players such as Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Harry Wilson knocking on the door of the first tean after some amazing work at the academy.
“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.”
“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.” Gerrard continued.
“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.”
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