Speaking to ESPN FC, Steve Nicol has discussed the potential of Steven Gerrard returning to Liverpool in the MLS off-season, claiming that his only chance of being hired as a coach would be in the future at academy level.
Nicol said: “There’s no reason why Jurgen Klopp would bring Steven Gerrard into his staff anyway, let alone for three months. Gerrard doesn’t have the experience to be coaching a first-team anyway. If he’s going to be coaching at Liverpool, which Im sure he will eventually, I’m guessing it would be at the academy level, where he can do his badges, and come up that way.”
With Gerrard now in his off-season with LA Galaxy, there have been calls for Jurgen Klopp to hire the Liverpool legend to a coaching role until he has to return to the USA.
He is a legend at Anfield and is expected to train at Melwood to keep up his fitness over the winter period, but Nicol has suggested that taking him on as part of the coaching staff would be a foolish move.
Not only would Klopp want to hire a coach he has worked with before, but if Gerrard was hired, it would be only for a few months, bringing around a lack of continuity on Merseyside.
On top of that Gerrard has no coaching experience, and Nicol has suggested that when the midfielder does return to Anfield, it will be in an academy coaching role, not one with the senior players.
This way, Gerrard can build up his experience and take his coaching badges without the pressures of a first-team role, before deciding if he even wants to move into senior coaching.
Bringing Gerrard back to Anfield appears to be nothing but nostalgia speaking, and Nicol is correct to suggest that the midfielder should not return to Liverpool this winter.