Gerrard: I would have stayed as coach

Date published: Friday 11th September 2015 7:26

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he would have stayed at Liverpool if he was offered a coaching contract.

The former Reds captain has been talking extensively to the Daily Mail and admits that he misses the Premier League despite enjoying his new life in Los Angeles.

He claims he would have been ‘tailor made’ for one of the coaching roles vacated by Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh.

“Yeah, I do miss it. I miss everything about it. When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people — the aggression, the intensity, the tension. I am jealous,” admits Gerrard.

“I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them.

“Yes, I felt like s*** some days because we lost. I would ask myself, “why are you putting yourself through this?” but the contrast is when you beat one of the top sides, the texts are flying in on your phone and you are on top of the world. I miss that.

“Ability-wise, I could still play but physically I couldn’t play every game at my age,’ Gerrard admits. ‘I didn’t enjoy being sub last season. I didn’t enjoy not knowing if I would be in the XI or not.

“I didn’t enjoy when Liverpool were in the Champions League, the idea that I might have to miss matches. I struggled to get my head around it.

“Maybe that was selfish of me but I had gone a long time playing every single game. 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. 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 No 1, No 2, No 3 or No 4.

“Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No 2, or No 3 or No 4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.

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

“I was surprised a role wasn’t mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent but maybe it might happen one day. I’d have stayed on as a squad player if I’d had the chance to learn more about management or coaching. I left with all the doors still open, but yes, I could still have been at Liverpool now.”

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