Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain and henchman will return to his roots for a management role in the club’s academy, reports from the Premier League has confirmed.
During his 17-year career with the Reds, Gerrard recorded a total 710 appearances for his boyhood club where he spent many years as captain.
In July 2015, the midfielder joined MLS club side L.A. Galaxy for a short stint before retiring in November, 2016.
His new role as part of the management staff with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, starts in February.
“It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began,” the 36-year-old told the club’s website (www.liverpoolfc.com).
“However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.”
Gerrard is regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. It is believed that his managerial role in the club’s academy will make a huge impact among youngsters who regard him as their idol.
The former England captain and sixth player to win 100 caps for the Three Lions is scheduled to work with Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe at the club’s Kirkby complex.
“I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me,” said Gerrard.
In 2005, he led Liverpool to a miraculous win against Milan in the Champions League final match.
The 36-year-old will become a full-time Liverpool academy coach in February 2017, a report from The Daily Mail confirms.
He told the club’s website: “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.
“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.”
Inglethorpe had this to say about their legendary player: “If I was to pick one individual who embodies the characteristics and values we are looking to instill 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,” he said.
“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.”