Steven Gerrard is returning to Liverpool FC in a full-time role as he will become a coach to the next generation of talent at the club’s Academy.
Liverpool’s legendary former captain takes up his new job in February as he will work at the youth complex in Kirkby – the scene of his own rise to fame before he broke through into the first team and eventual hero status with 710 appearances, 186 goals and 10 trophies.
Gerrard, who retired from football last year after a post-Anfield spell with LA Galaxy, said: “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.
“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.
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“Meeting with [Academy director] 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.”
The 36-year-old told LiverpoolFC.com: “Obviously Jurgen Klopp has been key in all of the negotiations and the chats to get to this point, so have the owners and other people high at the club as well.
“But I need help from every single coach at this club – I am starting off at the very beginning, I realise where I am as a coach and it’s about development and it’s about improvement. I need all of the coaches to try to go out of their way to help me to become a better coach.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 20, 2017
Great news & good luck Stevie because this coaching lark isn’t easy ask Neville! https://t.co/4026LxUb1C
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 20, 2017