Liverpool legend John Barnes has revealed that he wants to return to Anfield in a coaching capacity.
Speaking to Goal.com, the former England international said, "I would most definitely take the job. I played for Liverpool and working there would be a great way for me to show my appreciation to the club."
If the ex-Red were to be offered a role under manager Brendan Rodgers, he would be joining former players Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones, who joined the club's coaching staff at Melwood last week.
“It is the modern truth that we now lack legends that can identify with the club," continued Barnes.
"I feel that being part of the system would benefit the club a lot since I understand the culture. The reality is that players come and go, but the club remains and that is why it is important to always protect the brand of the club.”
Former players such as Barnes can definitely help to guide younger players who occupy the position that they once played in. Raheem Sterling, for example, would undoubtedly benefit from the attacking know-how of Barnes, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.
Despite his wish to return to his former club, Barnes did dampen any hope that Liverpool's fans may have regarding the chance of them winning the Premier League.
"I am not sure about them winning the league, since it has just begun,” he added. “I doubt they will win it, but maybe they can finish in the top five.”
Brendan Rodgers will certainly be hoping for more than the aforementioned fifth position, because a result like that would almost certainly hasten the departure of talisman Luis Suarez.
However, Liverpool appear to be a much-improved side this season, as the partnership between Suarez and Daniel Sturridge continues to blossom at Anfield.
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