Ger­rard eyes Liverpool coach­ing re­turn

Lesotho Times - - News -

LON­DON — Liverpool great Steven Ger­rard could re­turn to the club in a coach­ing ca­pac­ity as early as this year, he re­vealed in a Bri­tish news­pa­per in­ter­view pub­lished on Satur­day.

Ger­rard (35) left Liverpool for the Los An­ge­les Galaxy last year, but he has been train­ing on Mersey­side dur­ing the Ma­jor League Soc­cer close sea­son and is now eye­ing a role on Jur­gen Klopp’s coach­ing staff.

“I’m not 100 per­cent sure, but I think it will prob­a­bly be my last year as a player,” the for­mer Liverpool and Eng­land cap­tain told the Daily Tele­graph.

“I have had a chat with Klopp. I haven’t had an of­fer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back. But there hasn’t been a con­ver­sa­tion where they have said: ‘We want you to do this, we want you to do that.’

“They have wel­comed me back in. I am al­ways go­ing to be bi­ased to­wards Liverpool and the FA (Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) and ba­si­cally when I am back home I am go­ing to carry on with my pun­ditry work and try and move around clubs and gain more ex­pe­ri­ence, go­ing to watch man­agers and learn­ing more.

“I am ba­si­cally avail­able from Novem­ber, De­cem­ber 2016. Ev­ery­one in the foot­ball world will know I am avail­able and hope­fully I will be 75 per­cent into my coach­ing badges.”

Home-grown hero Ger­rard, who made 710 ap­pear­ances and scored 186 goals dur­ing a stel­lar Liverpool ca­reer, also ex­pressed re­gret that he had not started work­ing to­wards his coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions sooner.

“I have re­grets I didn’t start my coach­ing badges at 21-22,” he said.

“All that time wasted in ho­tels as an Eng­land player when I’ve been bored and was watch­ing ‘The Of­fice’ and ‘The So­pra­nos’. I wish I’d done my CBA (coach­ing) li­cence then, so I’d be do­ing my (UEFA) Pro Li­cence now.” — AFP

LIVERPOOL great steven Ger­rard.

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