Steven Gerrard: I would have stayed at Liverpool if offered player-coach role
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Steven Gerrard has revealed he would have stayed at Liverpool if he had been offered a player-coach position.
The Anfield icon wanted the opportunity to be part of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff and combine it with a playing role.
But Gerrard says Liverpool chiefs only talked about such a possibility when he had already announced last November that he was quitting the club to join LA Galaxy.
“What would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing,” Gerrard told Mail Online. “Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.
“I don’t know if I am good enough to be a manager, or a No1, No2, No3 or No4. Liverpool replaced coaches Mike Marsh and Colin Pasoce in the summer, so they were looking for a new No2, or No3 or No4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of those roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.
“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy.”
Gerrard was offered a playing-only contract by Liverpool but rejected it in favour of a new challenge in the United States, where he started playing for LA Galaxy earlier this summer.
He admits he is at the point in his career where he could not be a Premier League regular.
“Ability-wise I could still play but physically I couldn’t play every game at my age,” said Gerrard. “I didn’t enjoy being a sub last season. I didn’t enjoy not knowing if I would be in the X1 or not. I struggled to get my head around it. Maybe that was selfish of me but I had gone a long time playing every game.
“I was surprised a role wasn’t mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent but maybe it might happen one day.
“I’d have stayed on as a squad player if I’d had the chance to learn more about management or coaching. I left with all the doors still open, but yes, I could still have been at Liverpool now.”