Liverpool fans are getting increasingly excited about Steven Gerrard’s next move after it was confirmed he was leaving LA Galaxy.
The club legend is being linked with a sensational return to Anfield - although it appears it will be more in a coaching capacity, rather than a playing role.
And, according to Goal, talks have already taken place between the club and their former captain.
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They’re reporting that Gerrard has "enjoyed productive talks" with his boyhood club over a coaching position. However, he’s made it clear that he will only accept the offer if he is handed a meaningful role, rather than a symbolic one.
It’s believed that Gerrard spoke to academy director Alex Inglethorpe about how he can help develop the future generation at the club with talks at an advanced stage.
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A meaningful role - not a symbolic one
But Gerrard feels he needs to consider three factors if he is to accept any role: what he can offer in the job, how much he can learn in the job and if he would be making a substantial contribution - rather than being given the job just on his reputation.
That’s a view echoed by Inglethorpe, but he believes that Gerrard is the perfect man to set an example to youngsters in the academy.
Of course, Gerrard won’t be rushing into making a decision and he’s insisted he will have a big think about his future before the new year.
“I've got options on the pitch, off the pitch and I've got a bit of thinking to do over the next two, three weeks,” Gerrard said after announcing he was leaving L.A.
Gerrard will know that taking a role at Liverpool will all but end his playing career. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the league and there’s a danger that a returning Gerrard could disrupt momentum on the pitch, rather than enhance it.
Gerrard back at Liverpool
Last month, Gerrard returned to Liverpool to maintain his fitness during a break in the MLS - whilst also observing Klopp’s coaching methods. He spoke highly of his time working with various coaches and admitted he learned a great deal in terms of tactics.
"In a short space of time I took a lot away. Tactically, I tried to pick up what he wanted to get out of every player in the team," he said.
"I tried to analyse what would be the qualities he wants to make a successful Jurgen Klopp team. I stuffed in as much as I could learn as possible.
“From just those two to three weeks training with the team and doing gym work at Melwood, I could clearly see his principles and how he wants the team to play in the future.
“All the coaches I've worked with at Liverpool, I tried to log notes on their way of working, things I felt they did right or wrong, how they handled different situations.
"For someone like me who wants to stay involved in the game when I retire, I think it's very important to keep that sort of information on the various approaches to management."
Whether Gerrard accepts a coaching role at Liverpool in the coming months remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, he will eventually work for the club again in some form or another.