Former Liverpool midfielder and 2010 World Cup winner Xabi Alonso has tippped Steven Gerrard to be a big success in football management.
Gerrard was presented with the Legend of Football award this week and former teammate Alonso, who won 4 trophies during his time at Liverpool, spoke about the 37-year-old’s new role in at the club.
“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.
“For sure, to have someone with his knowledge [will help the youngsters]. But it’s different, 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.”
After announcing his retirement in November last year, Gerrard was given a youth coach role at Kirkby Academy in January. He took over as the Liverpool U-18s manager this summer and the Reds legend has managed 7 games so far with just 1 loss, the one against Spartak Moscow in the Youth League last month.
Notably, Alonso, who retired as a player in May this year, recently announced that he will also move to football management very soon.
The club has done a great job in bringing our former captain back at Anfield and preparing the ground for him to be able to succeed Klopp in the future – and why not alongside an old pal from his playing days.