Gerrard to manage under-18 side

    Gerrard returned to the club earlier this season

    Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will manage the under-18 side next season.

    The former Anfield captain will takeover the role from Neil Critchley, who will step up to manage the under-23 side this Summer.

    Gerrard, who left the club to join LA Galaxy in 2015, is looking forward to managing a team and feels the time is right to make the step up.

    “I have learnt a lot from the coaching staff here already.” he said.

    “After speaking to Alex Inglethorpe, we feel as though it is time to step up.

    “Neil has done a fantastic job with the under-18s, so I hope I can continue where he left off, encouraging and nurturing players into the under-23s and eventually the first team.”

    Inglethorpe spoke about the “invaluable experience” the thirty-six year old has brought into the Academy since his arrival earlier this season.

    “Steven has brought invaluable experience and knowledge to us since joining the Academy, passing on some fantastic advice and guidance to our younger players.

    “We both feel now is the perfect time for him to take the next step in his coaching career and manage his own team.

    “The under-18 players can undoubtedly only learn from having someone like Steven in charge and we have no doubt he will prove to be a huge success in the position.” he added.

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