Recently, Steven Gerrard was rewarded with the new role of Liverpool Under 18’s manager due to his brilliant efforts in the academy. The new promotion is set to begin next season after the previous manager Beale departed for Brazil and this has got some fans wondering if he can go on to rise up the age groups and maybe even become a manager for the full seniors of Liverpool one day.
Gerrard has always been a Red and that will never change. From the last minute substitution to make his debut back on November 29th 1998 against Blackburn Rovers to his final game in a Liverpool shirt against Stoke, he has had one hell of a career. He captained the side from an early age and won things some players can only dream of which are two FA Cups, three League cups, one word famous Istanbul UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup. He was a world beater.
Gerrard then moved on from his boyhood club to the turf of LA to play for local MLS giants LA Galaxy which had many legends put on its shirt for a less stressful final season before retirement and Gerrard was no different. He scored 2 goals and grabbed 3 assists in 13 appearances for the Galaxy before deciding to hang up his boots as his side crashed out of the playoffs to Seattle Sounders. After that Gerrard spent most of his time at home with his family and then moved back to Merseyside to begin training with his boyhood club once again but this time not as a footballer, as a legend. Shortly after his return, he was asked to sign a contract to bring him back to the club as part of the academy and a coach which is exactly what he did.
Surprisingly, Gerrard excelled at his new role and quickly gained mass amounts of respect from the youngsters he helped develop which then landed him his new position as Under 18’s manager for next season. So, now that we know he will be entering his first ever managerial role in a club, where should he go from there? Well, I have two ideal paths he could take leading to his future Senior Managerial role:
The first is he rises up the age groups in Liverpool and earns enough credit to become part of current Senior Manager Jürgen Klopp’s backroom/coaching staff. This is great because Gerrard would always stick to the Reds and would have grafted his way up the ranks to the top, senior squad and then, like Ryan Giggs at Man Utd when Louis Van Gaal was sacked, he would take over after Jürgen Klopp’s eventual departure as he would have known everything about the squad and how Klopp ran things thanks to his guidance.
The second path is that he finishes his Under 18’s managerial role and then goes on to manage a smaller, less relevant club either as an assistant manager or the main manager. This would be good for him as he would immediately have all the responsibilities of a top squad manager but not be under too much pressure as it isn’t the Premier League. An ideal level would be League One and Two or maybe even small clubs abroad but we already know MK Dons are interested in developing his managerial skills because they offered him the role a short while back but he declined as it was too early.
To conclude, I personally believe that Steven Gerrard can go on to become our next manager if Jürgen Klopp does stay on for at least the current 6 years he has in his contract whilst Gerrard goes out there and develops himself ready to take over in the future and the two paths I came up with may be the best ways for him to do so.