Liverpool media round-up: Gerrard calls for proven quality as he eyes return

Steven Gerrard In 2014

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

With Steven Gerrard's Anfield farewell taking place when Liverpool take on Crystal Palace tomorrow, the attention is inevitably focused on the outgoing Reds skipper.

The Liverpool Echo reports that he has called for something of a change in transfer policy, suggesting that the side should buy proven quality in the summer.

The transfer strategy from the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, has been to buy young talent and allow manager Brendan Rodgers to develop them, but Gerrard wants to see players that can have an immediate impact on the side as soon as they walk through the door.

He said: “I think there is a core of potential. The important thing for me is adding some players to that who are ready.

“For me, I wouldn’t buy any more potential in the short-term. I would buy players that are ready to come and fight and win and help this team to be successful.

“I obviously don’t want to stand on the owners or Brendan’s toes, I am just speaking as a fan and having an opinion on where Liverpool are at this moment. That is what we need to do.

“We need to bring players in those forward positions that can score 25 to 30 goals and you will see Liverpool do an awful lot better next season.”

Inevitably, the question has arisen as to whether Gerrard will return to the club one day, and it seems he will be joining the backroom staff, according to the Echo, to shadow Brendan Rodgers during the MLS off season from January of next year.

Gerrard told reporters that he has started taking his coaching badges, specifically the UEFA 'B' licence.

He said: “I don’t know at the moment what’s going to be there after America but I’ll certainly be coming back.”

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