The Reds legend revealed his emotion at “completing the circle”, but taking a full time role in the club’s academy, the place where it all began for him as a wide-eyed nine year old training two nights a week.
Academy boss Alex Inglethorpe announced that the former England and Anfield captain will be given “a wide-ranging role in the professional development phase of the young players”.
He will start in February, and could also combine it with some work within the FA, where he could help guide the next generation of England stars.
And he made clear the move is not through sentiment, but because he believes it is the best place he can learn the art of management, as he attempts to get to the very top.
“It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool,” he insisted.
“I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.
“Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved.
“This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.”
While Gerrard was never going to turn down the chance to return to Anfield, he has always made clear he wants to become a manager one day, and he seriously considered taking the job at MK Dons just before Christmas.
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