Steven Gerrard has begun his first pre-season with the Liverpool U18 side and Jürgen Klopp has publicised his full support of the fledgeling coach.
Many supporters have expressed their hope that Steven Gerrard will one day manage Liverpool’s first team and bring the same success to the club he grew up loving as he did playing for it.
Perhaps the first step to becoming a top coach is to manage a youth side at the club which the legendary midfielder is currently doing.
As Liverpool is a club which strongly promotes the development of youth players, as Gerrard can testify, the former Liverpool no.8 has a big role to play in the guidance of some of Merseyside’s most exciting prospects.
And Jürgen Klopp is excited about the role that Gerrard will have to play in developing Liverpool’s next generation of superstars.
“I can imagine how excited he is,” the gaffer told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s a wonderful job to work with these skilled boys and to do the things you think are right for them, bring in new experience and learn a lot of things at the same time.
“It will be a fantastic time for him. Of course, we’ll have a close relationship with him and the U23s, we always had it. It’s very important for us because that’s our next generation and we want to help them as much as we can. Of course, we’ll be in close contact.”
Gerrard will be very much looking forward to coaching the players at his disposal and uncovering a gem like Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The young fullback, who Gerrard openly admires, has recently signed another long-term deal with the club and is the perfect example of what young Academy hopefuls should aspire to be like.
Academy director Alex Inglethorpe will play a big role in Gerrard’s own development as a coach but it seems as though the Englishman has everything he needs to succeed as a coach in Liverpool’s Academy.