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Retired soccer star Gerrard ponders future

Press AssociationPress Association 24/11/2016 Carl Markham

Former England and Liverpool soccer captain Steven Gerrard is planning his next move post-retirement and is hopeful of making an announcement "very soon".

However, he will not be seen in a dugout in the near future after the 36-year-old, who turned down an opportunity to take over at English club MK Dons, said he had "many years" to move into management.

Gerrard is currently completing his coaching badges and it has been suggested he could take up an academy role at his boyhood club but he wants to split his time between that and television work as he is already a pundit for BT Sport.

"I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be," the former midfielder, who announced his retirement as a player on Thursday, told the broadcaster.

"I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon."

Asked whether his future lay in coaching or punditry he added: "I think I'd like to do a bit of both.

"In the future I definitely have dreams and aspirations of having a go at management or assisting the manager and being back involved in the dressing room but I've got many, many years to do that."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated "the door is always open" to Gerrard, whose contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expired this month, but he is unlikely to find himself fast-tracked into first-team duties.

"It is clear that one day in the future there will something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say," said Klopp when asked whether there had been any discussions about offering Gerrard a job.

"The door is always open for him. If he wants to make a different career to his former career then we want to help him.

"I will give him all the help I can if he wants, that is 100 per cent sure.

"There is nothing else to say - but maybe that is already too much."

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