Steven Gerrard Will Reportedly Take Charge of Liverpool U18s for 2017-18 Season

Alex Keble@alexkebleFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Steven Gerrard of Liverpool scores the winner for the Legends during the LFC Foundation Charity Match between Liverpool Legends and Real Madrid Legends at Anfield on March 25 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by LFC Foundation/Getty Images)
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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will reportedly manage the club's under-18s from the beginning of the 2017-18 season, per Paul Joyce for the Times

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:

Gerrard retired from football in November 2016 after a 19-year playing career that began at his hometown club at Anfield. The 36-year-old played 710 times for Liverpool and scored 186 goals.

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Steven Gerrard of Liverpool Legends celebrates after scoring the winner during the LFC Foundation Charity Match between Liverpool Legends and Real Madrid Legends   at Anfield on March 25
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"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 ranksas will those Liverpudlian teenagers soon to be under the tutelage of their childhood hero.

 

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