Steven Gerrard has gutted Liverpool of a talented member of the coaching team as he prepares for his newest challenge as Rangers manager.
The Anfield legend was officially appointed to the role on Friday, replacing the recently-dismissed Graeme Murty to take up his first senior position.
His departure continues something of a mass exodus of coaches at the club, with Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Željko Buvač having recently stepped away from his responsibilities for reported personal reasons.
This followed the January exit of first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders, who left to take charge of Dutch side NEC.
Besides U18s assistant Tom Culshaw and fitness coach Jordan Milsom, Gerrard is also set to take Academy coach Michael Beale to Scotland with him, according to the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
Beale returned from his role as assistant boss of Brazilian side Sao Paulo at the beginning of the season, taking up a position as head of coaching for the foundation phase of the Liverpool Academy.
Prior to his stint in South America, Beale raked in the plaudits for the superb job he did as manager of a highly-talented U23s cohort.
He was notably instrumental in the rise to stardom of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn, who both made their first team bows during Beale’s spell.
In nurturing a group glistening with senior potential, he left Neil Critchley with a team that would finish a respectable third in the Premier League 2 after dominating at the top until the departure of key players on loan in January.
Beale’s presence in Glasgow could prove a useful lure for Anfield’s top prospects to pursue regular senior football in the SPL as part of their development.