Steven Gerrard has confirmed that this season with LA Galaxy could be his last as a professional footballer, as well as revealing that he is shortly to start his UEFA A license for coaching.
The Liverpool legend, writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph, said he knows his best days are behind him as a player and let on that he could well hang up his boots for good later this year.
With the MLS season yet to even start there’s plenty of time for Gerrard to change his mind, though for the moment taking a step away from the pitch and into the dugout looks to be a challenge he is relishing.
“Nothing is 100 per cent certain yet, but this season at LA Galaxy could be my last as a professional footballer,” Gerrard wrote.
“I know I’m in the twilight of my career. I am starting my UEFA A licence shortly and the Football Association are proving to be proactive and hugely encouraging in helping former players onto the coaching ladder.
“I was invited to meet the England U19 side earlier in the season and further opportunities are planned in future international breaks. I know players like Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher have received similar invitations. It’s something I’m keen to push further.”
The move to coaching
Naturally, Gerrard moving into coaching won’t surprise too many people given the leadership qualities and driven mentality he’s showcased over the course of his entire career.
What’s more interesting is to perhaps speculate where he might end up if and when he secures his coaching license.
Liverpool the destination of choice?
Liverpool is an obvious possibility, and no doubt where he would like to end up as manager one day, but he might prefer taking a more Gary Neville-esque route first in terms of establishing himself elsewhere.
It’s practically guaranteed that the Anfield door will remain open for him - Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Gerrard - but will his career in coaching be half as inspirational as his career as a player?
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