Gerrard wishes Liverpool offered him coach-cum-player role

Los Angeles, Sep 11 (IANS) Former Liverpool Football Club captain Steven Gerrard revealed he would have stayed at the club this season had he been offered a coaching-cum-playing role by manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder stunned Liverpool fans back in January when he announced plans to move to Major League Soccer (MLS) after he became frustrated with protracted contract negotiations.

“I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by dailymail on Thursday.

“Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving. I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a number one, number two, number three or number four,” the 35-year-old, who made 504 English Premier League appearances for the club, said.

Gerrard said he was open to manage the side alongside Rodgers and also play for the team whenever needed.

“Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new number two, or number three or number four. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player,” he said.

“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy,” Gerrard said.

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