After many rumours and time away in the United States, Steven Gerrard has completed a return to Liverpool.
The long-serving former captain of Liverpool has returned to Merseyside to work as an academy coach, the Premier League side confirmed last night.
Returning to his beloved club, where he won numerous honours including the Champions League in 2005, Gerrard will take a new job with the academy, after spending time with his beloved club recently to earn his coaching badges.
As a player, Gerrard won everything he possibly could at club level, excluding the Premier League, and achieved over 100 caps for England- which shows he can teach the next generation of Liverpool talent a hell of a lot.
Speaking about his new role, Gerrard 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.”
“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.”
What can’t he? Gerrard has done it all in football and will be remembered as one of England’s greatest ever midfielders. In his prime, Gerrard could shoot, defend, pass and lead the side valiantly- and the young players will benefit from influence on and off the field.
In an era of drama, over-reaction and controversy, Gerrard kept a level head and remained professional throughout. Players of his breed are extremely rare and Liverpool is exactly where he should be.