Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard.
Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard. PETER POWELL

Gerrard could join England coaching set-up

FOOTBALL: Steven Gerrard is more likely to begin his coaching career within the England set-up than at Anfield, having announced his retirement as a player at the age of 36.

Though manager Jurgen Klopp has said there is an "open door” at Liverpool, the German's coaching team is well established and it is within Gareth Southgate's new England set-up that more opportunities now exist.

The Football Association has already been in touch with Gerrard to ascertain his interest.

Southgate wants to see the previous under-18 manager Aidy Boothroyd take charge of the under-21s and there could be a role within the under-18 set-up, which would allow Gerrard to work towards his UEFA A Licence.

Gerrard is contracted to the LA Galaxy until January and is expected to take stock now, rather than rush into an immediate decision, having decided that an immediate managerial opportunity at MK Dons had come too soon. A youth coaching role is one possibility at Liverpool.

Klopp heaped praise on Gerrard, but he became gradually more exasperated as questions on the former captain's retirement and future dominated a press conference to discuss this weekend's match against Sunderland.

The way that the former captain's retirement dominated proceedings illustrated the focus on him that would accompany the club he yearns to manage one day.

"The first thing you should all learn is if someone wants to help Steven Gerrard, then stop being so excited about each step he is doing next,” the Liverpool manager said.

Klopp's irritation with the questions was evident when he was asked where Gerrard rated among the top players in the world.

"How many do you have?” he replied. "Is Pele involved? Is Franz Beckenbauer involved? Is Johan Cruyff involved? Where should I start and end?”