Alonso tips Liverpool legend to manage the Reds

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has claimed that Steven Gerrard has the credentials to one day manage the first team at Anfield.

After ending his professional football career at MLS club LA Galaxy, Gerrard returned to Liverpool to take control of the club’s Under-18 team.

The 37-year-old has also gained European managerial experience with Liverpool’s Under-19 side, having overseen their opening two matches of the UEFA Youth League.

It is understood that Gerrard, who played more than 700 times for the Reds, has big ambitions in the managerial game, and Alonso has insisted that the Englishman could coach Liverpool’s first team in the future.

Alonso told Liverpool’s official website:

“I’m following the early steps of his career closely and for sure he has all the attributes to become a big manager and a Liverpool manager one day.

“For sure, to have someone with his knowledge [will help Liverpool’s youngsters]. But it’s different, you can be a great player but being a manager is a different task. For sure, he’s really focused and if he’s able to deliver that message he will be a good one.”

Alonso, who played with Gerrard at Liverpool for five years between 2004 and 2009, retired as a professional footballer at the end of last season after leaving Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Gerrard is currently combining his coaching duties at Liverpool with a role as a pundit for BT Sport.