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Gerrard back at Liverpool in coaching role

Press Association logoPress Association 20/01/2017

Steven Gerrard is to return to Liverpool as an academy coach next month, the club have announced.

The 36-year-old, who made 710 appearances for the Merseysiders and is one of the greatest players in the club's history, will take up a full-time, wide-ranging role at the Reds' Kirkby youth complex.

After an 18-month spell in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the move marks a return to a club where Gerrard spent 17 years as a professional having graduated from the academy

The former Liverpool and England captain, who retired from football in November, has been a regular presence at the club's academy since ending his playing association with the Reds as he worked on his coaching badges.

"It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began," said Gerrard.

"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."

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