When a club legend retires, there is always a call for him to remain involved in the club moving forward, usually by earning his coaching badges and getting involved on the management side. With Jamie Carragher, Liverpool’s last departed legend, it didn’t quite turn out that way, as the defender instead took up a job with Sky, where he has impressed as a pundit alongside retired rival Gary Neville.
Former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, though, thinks that Steven Gerrard is set to follow a different path and to end up more involved with the club than Carragher once he’s finished his epilogue in Southern California. And given Gerrard’s recent assurances he planned to come back to the club in one form or another once his time with LA Galaxy was over, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see him get involved with coaching.
"He will make a great manager because he always put the team first," said Houllier, who handed a young Gerrard the captaincy in 2003 in the hope that the added responsibility would help him to mature as a player. "He has got everything it takes to think about the tea, the club, and the development of others. He is a natural born leader, a very inspirational leader. He’s somebody you want to follow."
It might seem a touch early to be thinking future Liverpool manager when it comes to Gerrard—after all, his time at Anfield might be coming to an end, but as a player he’s not even ready to think about taking on a lesser role just yet. If anyone might be granted some special insight into what the future holds for Steven Gerrard, though, it might well be the man who oversaw his rise through the ranks at Liverpool.
"I went to watch the U19s and Steven, who was part of the U17 team at the time, was playing to help them out in terms of numbers," said the former manager. "He was running from box to box, he was tackling and shouting at his teammates. He was already behaving like a leader. The next day I asked him to come and join the pros."
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