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Wednesday 24 May 2017

'No sentiment in Reds return' says Gerrard

Steven Gerrard. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Steven Gerrard. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists his return to the club as an academy coach is not sentimental and he plans to make a real contribution to the development of young players.

The 36-year-old said taking a full-time job at the club's Kirkby complex felt like "completing the circle" having himself graduated from the youth ranks.

Gerrard had a 17-year professional career with the Reds, having joined Liverpool while still at primary school, and is considered one of their greatest players and he is about to rekindle his love affair after an 18-month spell in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began," said the former midfielder, who made 710 appearances for the club. "However, this isn't a decision based on emotion - it's about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.

"I don't think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me but when I knew coming back was a serious option, I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.

""This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development."

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