Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that he hopes Steven Gerrard doesn’t return to Liverpool as a manager in the future, citing potential damage to his legacy.
The 34-year-old played his last game for the Reds at Anfield yesterday as he edges closer to a summer move to America with MLS outfit LA Galaxy.
It was naturally an extremely emotional affair, as supporters, ex-players and current teammates all led a number of tributes which went on long after Crystal Palace secured a shock 3-1 victory.
Gerrard has spent 17 years on Merseyside as a Premier League footballer, though his experience and qualities have prompted a number of observers to suggest this isn’t a goodbye.
It’s well documented that the midfielder is to do his coaching badges and he’s already been tipped by observers and the press for an Anfield return as a potential future manager.
Redknapp, however, explained to Sky Sports that it would be a mistake to return, as a failure to lead the team to success could have a negative impact on his legacy at the club.
“I hope he doesn’t come back as manager here. He is a hero. If he comes back and gets sacked his legacy will be ruined,” the former Spurs man said.
Should Steven Gerrard return one day?
While great players don't always make great managers, there has been a trend in recent years of former top players such as Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Luis Enrique making it on the big stage.
Gerrard commands respect for his achievements and his sheer presence, but more importantly he comes across as articulate and tactically very astute out on the pitch.
Possessing leadership qualities doesn’t guarantee success at managerial level, but that combined with thorough planning, top training and tactical awareness undoubtedly goes a long way.
If Kenny Dalglish, Stuart Pearce and Zinedine Zidane are willing to risk their legacy by returning to manage their former clubs, then there is no reason why Gerrard shouldn’t instead one day embrace the challenge.