Cape Town - Steven
Gerrard is set to take his first step into management after Liverpool
announced that the club icon will be in charge of the Under-18 team next
The former England international made 710 appearances for the Reds
after graduating from their academy in 1998, and is the longest-serving
captain at Anfield.
Gerrard left the Merseysiders in July 2015 to sign for Los Angeles
Galaxy, where he spent the next season-and-a-half before calling time on
his playing career in November 2016.
The 36-year-old, who etched his name into Liverpool folklore when he
led the team to UEFA Champions League glory in 2005, had previously been
working at Kirkby in a floating coaching role.
But a reshuffle in the youth set-up sees Gerrard return in a
permanent capacity, with current U18s manager Neil Critchley moving up
to take charge of the U23s.
"I have really enjoyed my time at the academy so far and feel I have
learnt a lot from the coaching staff here already," the Reds legend said
in a statement.
"After speaking to [Liverpool academy director] Alex [Inglethorpe],
we feel as though it is time for me to step up and manage my own team.
"Neil has done a fantastic job with the U18s, so I hope I can
continue where he left off, encouraging and nurturing players into the
U23s and eventually the first-team set-up."
Inglethorpe added: "Steven has brought invaluable experience and
knowledge to us since joining the academy, passing on some fantastic
advice and guidance to our younger players.
"We both feel now is the perfect time for him to take the next step
in his coaching career and manage his own team. The U18 players can
undoubtedly only learn from having someone like Steven in charge and we
have no doubt that he will prove to be a huge success in the position."