Liverpool legend and arguably the greatest player ever to grace Anfield, Steven Gerrard has revealed that he would not have left Liverpool if he was offered coaching role at Liverpool as a member of the backroom team of Brendan Rodgers, according to Eurosport.
Steven Gerrard, a boyhood Liverpool fan ended his 26-year association with the club he loves from the bottom of his heart to join Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles Galaxy this summer. He joined Liverpool academy at the age of nine and since then, he gave is everything for the Kop.
When Gerrard announced that he will leave Liverpool in the summer, it was a shock to the football world as he was thought to be a one-club man and rejected to join many big clubs like Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid at is peak.
The Liverpool hero admitted that he would have accepted a coach cum player role to stay at Anfield is he was offered.
Liverpool backroom staff saw a major overhaul tis summer, with assistant manager Colin Pascoe ad first team coach Mike Marsh getting replaced by Sean O’Driscoll and former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister.
The 35-year-old former England captain said, “Ability-wise, I could still play, but physically I couldn’t play every game at my age,” Gerrard said in the Daily Mail. “I didn’t enjoy being sub last season. I didn’t enjoy not knowing if I would be in the XI or not.”
“I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.”
“I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a number one, number two, number three or number four. Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new number two, or number three or number four. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.”
“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy.”
The former England midfielder, who had captained Liverpool for 12 years prior to his departure, admitted there are times he yearns to be back playing in the Premier League.
“Yeah, I do miss it. I miss everything about it,” he added. “When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people – the aggression, the intensity, the tension. I am jealous. I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them.
“As much I am enjoying it out here with a fresh challenge, I’d like nothing better than being 25 again and with 10 years ahead of me in the Premier League, playing for Liverpool, but I’ve had my time.”