Liverpool’s former midfielder Xabi Alonso reckons his ex-teammate Steven Gerrard is destined to one day manage the club.
The mercurial Spaniard played for us between 2004 and 2009, winning the Champions League, FA Cup and coming within inches of title glory to boot.
Alongside Gerrard and Javier Mascherano, he formed what was widely regarded as ‘The best midfield in the world’ at one point – helping Liverpool become the highest ranked team in Europe as well.
Now, both Alonso and Gerrard are retired and looking to take steps into management.
“I’m following the early steps of his career closely and for sure he has all the attributes to become a big manager and a Liverpool manager one day,” the Spaniard told liverpoolfc.com, cited by Sky Sports.
“You can be a great player but being a manager is a different task. For sure, he’s really focused and if he’s able to deliver that message he will be a good one.”
Gerrard currently manages Liverpool’s U18s, but there’s a feeling within the club that he’ll progress to the U23s as he learns his trade.
The 37-year-old is meticulous, passionate and obviously knows the game inside out. What’s more, he’s a natural leader, having captained Liverpool for over a decade.
We’d absolutely love him to one day take the reigns with Xabi, or maybe Jamie Carragher, as his assistant!
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