There aren’t many better ways of inspiring Liverpool’s youngsters to improve than by appointing Steven Gerrard as the club’s U18s manager.
Next season will see the Liverpool legend take over from Neil Critchley, who has paid tribute to the impact the former Reds midfielder is already having thanks to his presence alone.
“Steven has been unbelievable. He doesn’t know the importance of his own presence and the influence he has on people as just his presence alone is enough to inspire you,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The way he has gone about his business here and the way he has been as a person, [it] has been fantastic to be around his company.”
“The boys are going to benefit from that hugely going forward and, with the support he will get around him as well, it can only be a benefit to the Academy as a whole – not just the U18s but the younger players behind them as well.”
“It’s big news for the club and it’s a fantastic opportunity for him. He’s really loved being at the Academy since he has been here and it’s a role that will be a real challenge for him but one that he will be really looking forward to.”
Gerrard has spent a lot of time in and around the youth setup over the last few months and has already sparked excitement amongst fans surrounding his future managerial prospects.
He recently reaffirmed his position as the perfect role model and coach for the club’s youngsters with his explanation of what he is looking for from any team he manages.
Hard-work, fight and passion covers the basis of what the Anfield great promises to demand. There is nobody more qualified or more equipped to inspire young Reds and help them understand the approach they must take if they wish to be successful.
Any young aspiring Red wants to replicate what Gerrard achieved. A selection of them will now get the incredible opportunity to learn from the man himself.