Steven Gerrard has enjoyed productive talks with Liverpool over a coaching position, but has made it clear he wants a meaningful role rather than a symbolic one.
The 36-year-old has discussed the possibility of helping shape the club’s future generation with Academy director Alex Inglethorpe, with the dialogue at an advanced stage.
Liverpool’s former captain wants any role to hinge on what he could offer, how much he could learn and ensuring he’d be making a substantial contribution – not to be based on who he is.
Inglethorpe, who recently signed a new long-term deal with the Reds having enjoyed success in his position, feels the same way. He believes the capabilities of the player with the club’s third-most appearances in history extends well beyond being a brilliant example to the youngsters.
It will also afford him the chance to soak up information from one of his greatest influences Steve Heighway, who guided him to Liverpool’s first team.
Following his LA Galaxy exit, Gerrard has multiple other offers to consider while he takes a little break and spends time with his family.
He must first decide whether he wants to pull down the curtain on his playing career, or if he accepts one of several options to continue until the end of 2016-17 at least.
Signed up for punditry duties, the retired England international also has the opportunity to travel around Europe to learn from the game’s elite managers as he completes a UEFA A coaching licence.
The FA has also been in contact with him over prospects at international level and assistance with his badges.
“I’ve got options on the pitch, off the pitch and I’ve got a bit of thinking to do over the next two, three weeks,” Gerrard said, with his old managers Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez both reportedly interested in resurrecting a working relationship.
Whatever decision Gerrard makes in the short-term, it is apparent Liverpool will be his eventual destination.
Last November, he made a return to the club he first joined in 1987 to stay in shape at Melwood during the MLS off-season. – Goal.com