Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would have stayed at Liverpool had Brendan Rodgers offered him a coaching role at the club.
The midfielder brought a long association with the Anfield club to an end this summer after agreeing to move to MLS side LA Galaxy.
It was originally believed that the 35-year-old was unable to accept a reduced role in the first-team and moved to the USA to reinstate himself as a key player, albeit for a different outfit.
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Gerrard has now revealed that, while difficult to accept, he was ready to become a squad player for the Reds, but wanted to get management experience alongside his playing duties.
Rodgers reshuffled his coaching team this summer, but still could not find a place for his team captain. It was a decision that ultimately stopped Gerrard from signing a new contract.
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"I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing"
"Ability-wise, I could still play but physically I couldn't play every game at my age," Gerrard said in the Daily Mail. "I didn't enjoy being sub last season. I didn't enjoy not knowing if I would be in the XI or not.
"I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.
"I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player"
"I don't know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a number one, number two, number three or number four. Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new number two, or number three or number four. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.
"I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can't buy."
Missing Premier League life
The former England captain has had a decent start to life in the MLS, winning six of his opening eight games with LA Galaxy, contributing one goal and three assists in that time.
While the 35-year-old may be benefitting from the lower standard of football, he does admit that he misses life in the world's most competitive league.
"Yeah, I do miss it. I miss everything about it," he added. "When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people - the aggression, the intensity, the tension.
"I am jealous. I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them.
"As much I am enjoying it out here with a fresh challenge, I'd like nothing better than being 25 again and with 10 years ahead of me in the Premier League, playing for Liverpool, but I've had my time."
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