By Wayne Veysey

21st Jan, 2017 | 9:24am

Carragher: This is the regret I have about imminent new Liverpool arrival

By Alex Stevens

Jamie Carragher has expressed his delight at Steven Gerrard’s imminent Liverpool return – but regrets it did not happen two years earlier.

Liverpool announced on Friday evening that one of the greatest players in their history will take on a coaching role at the club’s academy 19 months after quitting his boyhood club to join LA Galaxy.

Gerrard had a 28-year association with the club after joining in 1987 and Carragher believes it is important to maintain links between playing greats and the Anfield stars of the future.

“I’m delighted Steven has taken on a coaching role at Liverpool’s academy,” wrote Carragher in his Saturday Mail column. “I know he had other options that he could have pursued after returning from Los Angeles but there was only one place where his heart lay.

“He hasn’t taken an emotional decision. Steven is determined to be as successful as a coach as he was a player and the only regret I have about this news is that it wasn’t announced two years ago after his last Liverpool game.

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“It would have been seamless for him to go from the first team back to the academy but the wait is over and it is fantastic for this generation of young players to have a role model to emulate.”

Midfielder Gerrard was the talisman of the Liverpool team for a number of years, helping his side to Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup titles.

He will now be hoping to pass his influence down to a number of highly talented youngsters, while working under the influence of Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has showed during his 15 months in charge that he is willing to put great faith in the best of the academy players, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn all given plentiful opportunities in the first team this season.

Alexandr-Arnold made his first Premier League start in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend and proved he wasn’t overawed at being involved in one of the most intense fixtures in world club football.

Gerrard’s new position is his first non-playing role since retiring at the end of 2016 and he is expected to combine it with occasional punditry duties for BT Sport.

In other Liverpool news, the club have tabled a mega bid for a young defender and a record-breaking deal has been agreed.

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