Steven Gerrard’s venture into coaching has started with a stint as the manager of Liverpool’s Under-18 team.
Unlike many other ex-professionals attempting to transition from a player into a manager, Gerrard decided to take the wise approach of gaining experience at the youth level.
Yet any suggestions that it would be an easy ride for the 37-year-old were quashed when Gerrard, just months into his spell at Liverpool’s academy, shared some insight into how it was going.
“As a player I could switch off when the game was done,” he told The Guardian in December. “That is very difficult as a coach. That has been the main difference.
“Now after a game I’m thinking what went well, what didn’t go well, what individuals do I need to work on this week, who do I need to praise, who do I need to speak to, who’s been naughty at school?”
Just a year into his time in charge of the Under-18s, and fresh off of a 2-1 win over Manchester United, and Gerrard could make the jump to senior football.
He has been heavily linked with a move to Rangers, with Goal claiming that the Scottish club have offered him the chance to replace Graeme Murty at Ibrox.
Charlie Adam tweets
Gerrard, Sky Bet's favourite to become the new Gers boss, is “weighing up” the approach.
The rumours have caught the attention of Charlie Adam, who played with Gerrard and Anfield, and he supports the move.
“I think it would be a good appointment,” the Stoke City midfielder wrote on Twitter.
“The people he has around him are very good coaches and been in the game a long time. On the fitness side he has a top fitness guy who will oversee everything.”
The task, of course, would be returning Rangers to a competitive team in the Scottish Premiership once again.
Celtic can win the title for the seventh straight year when they take on their rivals at Celtic Park on Sunday.
Gerrard’s youth team played against Rangers in a friendly earlier in the season and the former England international expressed his admiration for the Ibrox outfit after the match.
"I had to take the opportunity to bring my team up to experience playing in front of that stadium, just being in the surroundings, in the dressing room - it's a wonderful place,” he said.
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