Steven Gerrard has accepted a coaching role at Liverpool, according to reports.
The Liverpool legend – who announced his retirement from football last month – has been linked with several roles following that announcement, the strongest links being with a return to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp insisted that the former Liverpool man would always be welcome at Anfield, but it remained unclear if Gerrard would opt to return to his boyhood club so quickly.
However, according to the Mirror, he has now accepted an offer from Jurgen Klopp to return to Anfield and join the Liverpool academy set up. They report that Jurgen Klopp advised Gerrard to first take up a low-key role, gain some experience and knowledge before jumping into the spotlight of first-team management. And, Gerrard has apparently taken this advice seriously and done just that.
Gerrard – who himself was a product of Liverpool’s youth academy – will now look to hone his talents in the academy, albeit as a coach, with an eye on the first team in the future.
Last month, it emerged that Gerrard had rejected a move to MK Dons as he was still looking at his options and waiting on Liverpool to decide his next move. He was also offered a lucrative contract to continue playing in Italy’s Serie A with AC Milan but, instead, at the age of 36, decided to call time on his playing career and move on to the next chapter that is his managerial career.
Gerrard – who won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 – will no doubt be a great addition to the academy set up, as his reputation, experience and knowledge of the game will all be a huge asset when moulding the youngsters in the set-up.