Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, now at MLS club LA Galaxy, has revealed he was ‘surprised’ that a coaching role wasn’t forthcoming from the club as his departure neared.
The midfield genius opened up about the situation regarding being offered a backroom role at Liverpool in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, saying:
“I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a No 1, No 2, No 3 or No 4.
“Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No 2, or No 3 or No 4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.
“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy.”
Gerrard mentions that he struggled to adjust to not playing every game last season but being offered a coaching role in advancement of his departure may have changed his mind.
“I didn’t enjoy when Liverpool were in the Champions League, the idea that I might have to miss matches. I struggled to get my head around it,” the England international told the Daily Mail.
“Maybe that was selfish of me but I had gone a long time playing every single game. I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing.
“Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.”
Despite having relocated half way across the world, Gerrard still clearly holds Merseyside close to his heart and wishes to return one day in some capacity.
“I was surprised a role wasn’t mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent but maybe it might happen one day. I’d have stayed on as a squad player if I’d had the chance to learn more about management or coaching. I left with all the doors still open, but yes, I could still have been at Liverpool now,” Gerrard told Lee Clayton of the Daily Mail.
Although Gerrard’s comments indicate no resentment or spitefulness towards the powers that be at Liverpool it must be sore for the Liverpool local not to have been asked to stay on earlier than he was, given all he has done for the English footballing giant down through the years.
Although one of his regrets will likely be having never won the Premier League title, some of Liverpool’s other honours would have simply not been achievable without their loyal captain leading the way.
Two FA Cups, three League Cups and a UEFA Cup title were all won with the help of the character and skill supplied by the 35-year-old. Gerrard also played a major part in one of European football’s most famous football matches – the 2005 Champions League final comeback win over AC Milan.
This kind of invaluable experience could have been used by the current management set up to advance the Merseyside club behind the scenes. However, while that may have been a missed opportunity by the Reds it is now undoubtedly to LA Galaxy’s benefit.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena