Soon celebrating 10 years at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard admits he wants to end his career at Anfield. A brilliant 10 years, of which five have been as captain of the team, Gerrard says he wants to sign a contract at Liverpool for life.
He also says, "If someone had said ten years ago that I would go on to be captain and lift the European Cup then I wouldn't have believed them.”
Rafa Benitez speaks of Stevie’s commitment to the club and backs him to take over as the next manager of the club by saying, “Maybe he will one day be the manager to replace me. He has great passion for the club; he loves the club and the city."
When asked about management, Stevie says, "We will have to wait and see about management but I certainly want to get my qualifications to enable me to coach and manage. Then I will have to decide what I want to do. "
"Whether I will be interested in the Gary Ablett (reserve coach) type role, the Sammy Lee (assistant manager) role or the Rafa Benitez role, I do not know."
"I just want to get all my badges and then we will see”
This means he is definitely not ruling out taking over Rafa’s position in time.
Rafa seems sure that Gerrard will continue to play for Liverpool for another five to six years and Gerrard confirms saying, "I do not know what is going to happen over the next 10 years but certainly for the next five or six I hope I am playing in Liverpool's first team."
In my opinion, Jamie Carragher might make a good assistant manager, if at times Gerrard doesn’t feel too vocal, Carra could lend a voice, a shout anything needed, as we’ve seen him do a number of times!
Would it be too far-fetched to hope that someday Stevie manages our team? He has been an inspirational captain, one that people supporting all teams admire and respect and maybe one day he will lead Liverpool to many more trophies, not as a captain, but as a manager.
Here’s to seeing Stevie at Anfield for much more than just another 10 years! Could we ask for a better player, captain or manager? What do you think? Would Gerrard be a perfect pick as manager? Or do you have someone else in mind?