Gerrard, who rejoined Liverpool as an academy coach in February 2017, has been handed his first management job by Jurgen Klopp and the club's academy director, Alex Inglethorpe.
A vacancy in Liverpool's youth setup opened up in December 2016, when under-23s coach Michael Beale left the club for Sao Paulo. His departure could lead to a reshuffle since current under-18 manager, Neil Critchley, is still at the club. Critchley may move up into the under-23 role, as This is Anfield writer Jack Lusby suggests on Twitter:
Jack Lusby @jacklusby_
Nice move appointing Gerrard as U18s manager, clearly made a mark. Have to assume Neil Critchley's up to U23s or into management. #LFC2017-4-11 16:12:09
On taking his first coaching role late last year Gerrard was quick to point out that he wants to be a manager, and so his rapid ascent through the ranks at Liverpool suggests it won't be long before we see him in charge of a senior team.
"I want to be a manager," he said in January, per James Carroll of the club's website. "I want to be the best manager I can be eventually and this is the beginning of the journey."
Having secured such a prestigious role at Liverpool, clearly Gerrard is on his way to the top. Liverpool fans will be delighted to see their hero rise through the ranks—as will those Liverpudlian teenagers soon to be under the tutelage of their childhood hero.
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