Istanbul reunion: Former Liverpool star admits he wants to manage the Reds

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Our Liverpool heroes were out in force on Monday as the players who took part in the Champions League final against AC Milan in 2005 reunited for a night of celebration.

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Among them, was one Harry Kewell, who played just 23 minutes in Istanbul before limping off and being replaced by Vladimir Smicer. The Czech Republic international subsequently became one of the night’s biggest stars, scoring the second goal in our incredible comeback.

Nonetheless, Kewell has enjoyed an excellent playing career, which came to an end last summer. He left Liverpool in 2008, joining Galatasaray, where he scored 34 goals and provided 18 assists during three seasons in Turkey. He returned to Australia in 2011 and finished his career with Melbourne Heart last year.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Kewell is now focusing on coaching. He will begin in Australia but dreams of one day returning to Anfield. In quotes taken by the Echo, he said: “I want to move into the next phase of my life, into coaching.

“I enjoy it. Hopefully I can continue it and put back into Australian football and make it the No 1 sport in Australia. I’ve just finished my footballing career, so the Harry Kewell Academy is a perfect start because I have to know if I can coach, and if I can handle it. So far everything seems to be going well.

“I’m off to do my coaching badges this year, so hopefully I can pass them and from there, you never know. Maybe I can continue with my academy and go over to Europe to take some of the ideas I’ve learnt from managers I’ve worked with and put them into my academy.

“If there’s a possibility of getting an A-League job, I don’t know. For me, I reach for the heights, I’d love to manage a Premiership team. I would love to (manage Liverpool). I’m sure every player and every manager out there would love to manage the probably the biggest club in the world.

“I’m no different. It’s a great club but you have to be worthy of it. But football and coaching are chalk and cheese and you have to go back to square one and learn again.”

Kewell endured an injury-plagued five-year spell at Liverpool. However, he did manage 138 appearances in all competitions following his move from Leeds United, and also won the FA Cup, the Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup during his time with us.

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