Xabi Alonso says he is “following the early steps” of Steven Gerrard’s coaching career.
Gerrard returned to Liverpool in January 2017 as part of the club’s Academy staff, having left as a player in 2015.
He was appointed head coach of the club’s Under-18s side in the summer, and is also managing the Under-19s in UEFA Youth League action.
Alonso believes his former teammate is showing the hallmarks of a good manager.
“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,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“For sure, to have someone with his knowledge [will help Liverpool’s 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.”