Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has explained why he would have turned down the offer of a coaching role to stay at Anfield.
Gerrard recently announced that he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with the club beyond this season, as reports suggest he’s getting ready to finish his career playing in the USA.
Gerrard has revealed that he would have said no to the offer of a coaching role at the Reds because he doesn’t feel ready to make a difference in that aspect.
“It wouldn’t have made any difference if the club had offered me a coaching role,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’m not ready for that yet. I’ve just got my C Licence and I’m about to start my UEFA B Licence at the end of January.”
“You can’t just roll into something. I only want to become a coach, an assistant or a manager if I am good enough and believe I can help and do well.”
Gerrard’s comments are a mark of the respect he has for the club and it should be viewed as encouraging that he wants to return only when he feels he can make a difference.
The timing of Gerrard’s recent announcement has been praised because it allows him to leave the club with his reputation and popularity in tact, offering him that option to return to Anfield and Melwood in the future.
“I want to get my qualifications over the next couple of years while I’m away and try to learn the coaching side of it.”
Gerrard already enjoys role model status at Liverpool and that will only grow with younger players at the club, as well as first team stars, if he becomes a coach.
He won’t just be someone to look up to but someone to learn from and someone who can have a big say in terms of developing the techniques of younger players and coaching stars to become more complete professionals should he ever return to Liverpool in the future.