Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has got some big decisions to consider over the coming days and weeks, after officially announcing his retirement on Thursday.
The 36-year-old played almost his entire career at Anfield, before spending just under a year and a half in MLS with LA Galaxy. And now one of England's all-time leading appearance makers is looking to pursue a career in management.
After taking some time to consider, and reject, an offer from League One outfit MK Dons, it appears that the Reds legend already has some idea of where the next chapter of his career will begin.
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That's according to Jurgen Klopp, who has hinted that the club are in talks with the former midfielder over a role that could see him start at the bottom of the club's coaching structure.
As per the Mirror, Klopp said: “When something is announced, then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will something to announce - that is pretty sure too - but until then there is nothing to say.
“The door is always open for him. But from our side, if he wants, there is an open door. If he wants to make a different career to his former career then we want to help him.
“There is nothing else to say - but maybe that is already too much!”
Gerrard is understood to be ready to take on a coaching role within the Reds academy, which will not only be of huge inspiration to the club's young players but also boost the ex-Reds' experience within coaching and management.
Several Premier League and Championship clubs had sounded out Gerrard over a player-coach role, but it appears the current role on offer at Liverpool would suit his other commitments with BT Sport.
“In the future, I do have dreams and aspirations of having a go at management or assisting a manager and being back involved in the dressing room." Gerrard admitted. "But you know I have many, many years to do that.
“The important thing for me now is to concentrate on (TV work, as a pundit) and in the spare time around that, to gain some experience.”
International lure for Gerrard
But a job offer at Melwood is not Gerrard's only coaching option, with the FA understood to have also held talks with the former England midfielder about a role within the Three Lions' coaching system.
Klopp, however, is backing the Reds legend to take the opportunity available to him at Melwood and believes it will be hugely beneficial for his long-term desire to become a manager. And the German believes it should be a route into management that more English coaches should take.
“Maybe you can help create more English managers in England in the future if they can start working at the beginning and not in the middle or the end,” Klopp admitted.
And for Gerrard, that appears to be exactly the route he will choose, starting as a novice after an incredible career that saw the midfielder make 800 appearances for Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy over the course of 19 years.
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