Former Liverpool Player, Steven Gerrard will return to Liverpool as an academy coach next month, the club has announced.
The former Liverpool and England captain who made 710 appearances for the Merseysiders and considered one of the greatest players in the liverpool’s history, will take up a full-time, wide-ranging role at the Reds’ Kirkby youth complex.
After an 18-month spell in Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy, the move marks a return to a club where the 36-year-old spent 17 years as a professional and graduated from the academy where he will now work.
Gerrard, who retired from football in November, has been a regular presence at the club’s academy since ending his playing association with the Reds as he worked on his coaching badges.
Gerrard told the club’s website:
“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.
“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.”