Shocking: Gerrard on footsteps of Pep Gaurdiola next summer?
The former England captain admitted this week he is interested in taking on a high-profile coaching job after he retires following one final campaign with MLS side LA Galaxy.
The 35-year-old former Liverpool star has already started to analyse the work of Spanish tactician Pep Guardiola, who gave Barcelona two Champions Leagues as a manager and is now heading to Premier League this summer to manage one of the EPL giants.
Steven Gerrard has been going through ‘Pep Confidential’, an inside story of Guardiola’s first season at Bayern Munich, trying to learn coaching tactics from the very best in the business.
Even though it appears to be a ridiculous suggestion, but what if the Liverpool legend decides to become a back room staff for Pep Guardiola! You never know what the future holds. It’s a strange world of football.
“I love the game and I love the big managers and the big personalities,” told Gerrard, who is right now in Sydney where he will feature in Liverpool Legends exhibition match against former Aussie stars tomorrow.
“I love the strong teams. I was given the Pep Guardiola book as a present from a coach and was told that I would find it very interesting. I’m only at the beginning of it, but Pep is a world class manager and it looks as if he will soon be coming to the Premier League which is great for us.
“Since starting my coaching badges, you can see the reason why a lot of top players don’t make it as successful managers because it is a completely different role.
“It’s different from being a player and being in control of what you are doing on the pitch.
“It’s certainly something you have to learn and gain experience of. The exciting thing is that no one knows how good I’ll be.
“But I’m certainly going to get as much experience and as much qualifications as I can and then we’ll see whether I’m good enough if I do take the plunge.”
The former Liverpool midfielder has a plan to visit as many elite clubs in Europe as possible this year to gain knowledge from the most respected managers in the game right now.
He already had few conversations with current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when he was training with his old team-mates last month to stay fit during the MLS off-season.
“I’m a huge fan of Jurgen Klopp, he’s a world-class manager,” Gerrard further said
“Even when I trained with the team for a couple of weeks, at the age of 35 I was picking up things from him. You can always learn from someone like Jurgen.”
“I’ve been told by Liverpool that I will always be welcome back. Whether that is in a coaching capacity, an ambassadorial role or whatever – that is great for me.
“I’ve been at Liverpool since I was eight-years-old, I’m a supporter and I want to help the club in any way possible. But I don’t know if it will be in three or five or ten or 15 years.”
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