Steven Gerrard is to make an emotional return to Anfield, after agreeing to become the club’s new Academy coach.
Former England star Gerrard will work alongside Academy director Alex Inglethorpe and the other coaches at the complex as he takes his first steps into coaching, having retired from professional football last year.
Gerrard himself graduated from the Academy in a career spanning almost two decades, and he is keen to pass his knowledge and experience on the next generation of young Kop stars.
Gerrard said: “It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.
“I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.
“Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved.
“This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.”
Gerrard left Liverpool for LA Galaxy in in May 2015 after 710 appearances, 186 goals and 10 trophies. He announced his retirement from playing last year.
Inglethorpe added: “If I was to pick one individual who embodies the characteristics and values we are looking to instil into our organisation at Kirkby, it would be Steven Gerrard. For him to have been so enthusiastic about being part of what we are looking to do is simply great news for everyone connected to the club.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75