Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is reportedly set for a sensational return to England next year after calling time on his playing career with MLS side LA Galaxy, with a coaching job at Anfield the most expected next destination for the former England skipper.
According to a report from The Sun, Gerrard will be handed offers of media work, but he is also seemingly interested in becoming a coach after already achieving the relevant badges and qualifications.
“It’s 100 percent he’ll be back at the end of his contract. And he’d love a coaching role at Liverpool,” a source close to the club told the tabloid newspaper.
The 35-year-old Englishman, who left Liverpool for California last summer, has a contract with Galaxy until the end of the current calendar year. That means he will be back home on Merseyside in 2017 come what may, but Gerrard’s dream is to grab a role with his former employers.
Whether that would be a leading role with a younger age group to guide them, just like Patrick Vieira at Manchester City or Nicky Butt at Manchester United, or as an assistant next to Klopp with the first-team remains to be seen.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over the past few months has been very receptive of Gerrard and the player himself confirmed in an interview back in January that the idea has been discussed.
“I have had a chat with Klopp,” the 2005 Champions League winner said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
“I haven’t had an offer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back but there hasn’t been a conversation where they have said: ‘We want you to do this, we want you to do that’.”
Fellow Anfield legend Jamie Carragher, who is now kept busy enough with his work as the leading pundit and analyst for Sky Sports, has often joked that he is still waiting for a phone call from Jurgen Klopp. But it seems Gerrard will be back there with his former teammates sooner rather than later.