Steven Gerrard needs help from Norfolk teenagers to help complete coaching session

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Imagine going on an LA Galaxy stadium tour and catching a glimpse of Steven Gerrard.

Well, imagine doing a tour and ending up getting coached by the Liverpool legend.

That's exactly what happened to a group of teenagers from Norfolk who were asked to help out Gerrard in his quest to complete a UEFA A licence assessment.


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The youngsters from Dereham Education and Soccer Academy were just about to leave the StubHub Centre ground after a little look around when they were called back because they were needed for a coaching session.

After being given a full LA Galaxy kit to wear, they soon discovered they were about to be coached by a former England captain.

"Some of the LA Galaxy academy players that were meant to stay behind and help Gerrard went home," Dereham academy head coach Tom Parke told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"As we were leaving the ground, someone said 'we need your players'. All of our lads were put in full LA Galaxy kit, we [the team's management] watched the session.”

Gerrard needed a certain amount of players to complete the assessment as he works towards his A licence which he hopes to finish later this year.

Gerrard's coaching plans

In an interview with men’s fashion brand Mr. Porter this week, he admitted he could consider a coaching role as early as this Christmas and would love to work alongside fellow Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher at Anfield.

"I'm doing my coaching badges and I'm on my A licence as we speak," he said.

"Hopefully, I'm going to be in a position to consider some offers very seriously come Christmas.

"Would I work with Jamie Carragher again for Liverpool? Of course I would, without a doubt, but it's for other people to make that decision.

"It goes without saying that the club's in our hearts and it's difficult if the club come calling but we've other things going on at the moment - it's not as if we're begging for it or desperate for it - but they know where we are," he added.

Gerrard's session

Gerrard’s session with the players from Dereham Education and Soccer Academy lasted around 35 minutes and was based on playing the ball out from the back.

After the session, Parke admitted that Gerrard even had time to offer him some valuable coaching advice.

"He told me a lot of football is about personalities and characters," Parke, who has a UEFA B coaching licence himself, said.

"He mentioned Didi Hamann at half-time in the (2005) Champions League final, when they were 3-0 down, and having big personalities step up when you're in those positions in matches."

Gerrard even had some words of thanks for the players that helped him out.

But, what did Parke think of Gerrard’s coaching style?

"I can see him being really successful. The best thing about him is his calm manner, but at the same time he knows exactly what he wants from his players.

"He asked me what I thought of the session and I told him I thought his coaching positions and coaching points were great, which they would be because he knows the game better than most," he concluded.

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