It won’t be surprising if we see Steven Gerrard as Liverpool manager one day.
Despite still playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS, the midfielder has spoken about a possible management role at Anfield on numerous occasions.
Gerrard could be in his final season as a player and the campaign in the United States finishes in November.
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So, what will he be doing in 2017?
Having signed a three-year deal with BT Sport, Gerrard will feature occasionally as a pundit.
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He could also join another football club if he decides not to retire.
Coaching at Christmas
But it seems the most likely scenario will be ending his playing career to begin his coaching career.
“I’m basically going to be open to see what offers come my way,” Gerrard told Dan Rookwood from Mr Porter, Per the Liverpool Echo.
“The season finishes here in November. Most seasons in Europe finish in May. Maybe some football offers might come my way, maybe some coaching roles will come my way.
“It’s basically me being available come Christmas to offers. I’m doing my coaching badges and I’m on my A license as we speak. Hopefully I’m going to be in a position to consider some offers very seriously come Christmas,” he added.
Klopp the mentor
A likely progression would see Gerrard return to Melwood and work under Jurgen Klopp as a first-team coach.
The 35-year-old would learn an incredible amount under one of the best coaches in Europe before eventually replacing the German as Liverpool manager.
If you feel this is unrealistic, Gerrard is actually the bookmakers favourite to be the next Liverpool manager with some saying it’s a 4/1 shot.
It’s something that the Liverpool fans would love to see and something that Gerrard obviously wants to happen too.
In September, he gave an interview to Sky Sports explaining his “dream” for when he retires from playing.
"The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool, when the Liverpool job becomes available," he admitted.
"There are world-class managers there ready already but we’ll have to wait and see, it would be the icing on the cake.
"When you get to a certain age… my age, you need to start thinking seriously about a life after football.
Gerrard also admitted that he had already spoken to another Liverpool legend about helping him out at Anfield.
"I definitely see myself as a manager rather than a coach, but that could change. I remember speaking to Jamie Carragher and he really fancied it but he’s decided media is what he wants to do," he said.
"It’s strange seeing him on Sky but I’m really delighted he’s doing it… He can leave managing Liverpool to me!"
Jamie Carragher and Gerrard working together for Liverpool - that is certainly something to look forward to for Liverpool fans after the Klopp era.
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