Steven Gerrard is seemingly a role model in everything he does in football.
He has only recently been appointed as a coach for Liverpool’s Academy but already the signs are there to suggest the future looks bright, especially when considering the approach he is taking to his pursuit.
There appears to be no danger of him being rushed into a main role at Liverpool with both the club and Gerrard himself doing everything to ensure the right path is taken and that he moulds into the most equipped coach possible.
“The name you had on the back of your shirt can become a problem. It’s not necessarily the players concerned, it’s the fact that other people get excited and want to put big opportunities in front of you,” Gerrard told the Mirror.
“I had them, chances to be a No.1 or a No.2, but I understood that, if you take the wrong opportunity at the wrong time and act on reputation, sentiment or emotion, then you could find it hard.”
“Just because you’ve been a good player doesn’t mean you are going to be a great manager.”
“Management is so brutal. I think it would have been very stupid and immature to go into a position when I wasn’t ready.”
“I decided there’s no rush. If it takes me five or 10 years, I don’t care because, at the moment, I’m not ready for the jobs I would ultimately want.”
If anyone can be trusted to do things correctly, it’s Gerrard.
The former Reds skipper was heavily linked to the role as MK Dons manager upon his retirement from football but, in all honesty, a return to Liverpool seemed like the only realistic option.
Jurgen Klopp isn’t going anywhere any time soon which bodes well in terms of giving Gerrard plenty of time to watch and learn from a world class manager as well as a host of talented coaches at the club.
There is no pressure, no rush and already he is working with the kind of mindset and attitude that promises to give him a great chance of being successful.