Heighway spelt Gerrard's first name wrong ("Stephen") but was otherwise spot-on in his assessment of Gerrard, saying:
Outstanding potential has to be recognised and nurtured and Stephen Gerrard, a gem from Huyton, could be the next on our production line.
He has enormous natural talent and is a Liverpool fan through and through. His attitude to coaching and personal development is a joy to see and our staff are genuinely excited by his prospects.
Stephen has already been brought to the attention of the FA National Coaching staff as "one for the future" and no effort will be spared to create the right environment for him and his talents to develop at this club.
Heighway himself won four league titles with Liverpool in the 1970s before returning to the club as an academy coach in 1989.
He worked there until 2007. Philosophic differences with Rafael Benitez saw him leave, but he returned to the club again last year much to the delight of Gerrard.