Liverpool and England star Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed how Steven Gerrard would take time to work younger players at Anfield and had an authority that “everyone respected” as he gets ready to take the reins as Rangers manager on June 1st.
Alexander-Arnold never played with Gerrard in the first-team at Anfield but was coming through the ranks as Gerrard wound down his playing career before heading to LA Galaxy for a season.
The defender admitted Gerrard has a “lot of respect” from the players at Anfield and helped younger players “a lot” as they tried to make the breakthrough into the first-team.
“He would always take the young ones and be really caring with them and helped them a lot along the way.”
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Gerrard carries that sort of aura about him at Anfield where he is a true living legend there. For any young player coming through the ranks at Melwood and looking to make the first-team, Gerrard would surely be the poster boy of everyting that was possible for players coming through and making a name for themselves with the Reds. Ahead of Gerrard taking the reins at Ibrox in a few weeks, some of the players at Ibrox could be in for a real shock when Gerrard arrives with assistant manager Gary McAllister. The Liverpool icon gives the impression of being incredibly driven and focused on the pitch and training ground and some of the more laid-back members of the first-team might need to buk their ideas up if they are to have any future at Ibrox. For some of the younger players at Ibrox just now, the prospect of getting to work with Gerrard daily must be a huge thrill.