Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s return to Anfield is moving ever closer.
The 36-year-old recently called time on his playing career, and having rejected a number of offers to continue playing, and an offer of management by League One side MK Dons, Gerrard is set to take up a role in Liverpool’s youth structure.
Current Under-23 manager Michael Beale is set to confirm his move to become Rogério Ceni’s assistant at São Paulo later this week, which will turn instigate a shake-up of the youth set-up at the club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has never hid the fact that the possibility of Gerrard returning to the club in some capacity was always a strong one (though heavily implied it would not be as a player), be it as a member of his own backroom team or in the development structure.
To that end, it is unknown at this time if Gerrard will come in as a direct replacement for Beale, or if he will go to the under-18s with Neil Critchley getting a promotion. The Liverpool Echo have suggested that the latter is more likely, that Gerrard will not be thrown straight in with the under-23s and will instead be placed lower down in the order to begin with.
The Mirror have reported on Sunday morning that Gerrard’s return to the club is virtually a done deal, with the former captain and Klopp in almost constant communication even before the player’s official retirement.
Gerrard has made no secret of the fact that he would like to manage Liverpool one day, and this, he believes, is patently his best option in achieving that dream. Liverpool have a long history of promoting from within the boot room, with Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans all coming from within that system.
While Gerrard waits for that opportunity, he believes he can help influence the next generation of Liverpool prospects, with Klopp also keen to get as many youth players into the first team as possible.
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