Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has resigned for the Reds as a youth coach.
Gerrard, 36, who left Liverpool for MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015 will begin the job in February. The new role comes two months after the midfielder retired as a player in November.
The former England international was a Liverpool player throughout his 19 year career and is also working towards his Uefa A coaching licence, which is required to manage in the Premier League.
“It feels like completing the circle, returning to the place where it all began,” said Gerrard (via BBC Sport).
“However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion – it’s about what I can offer and contribute.”
“When I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role.”
It seemed unlikely Gerrard would begin his coaching career at Liverpool. The man who played 710 times and lifted the Champions League for the Reds was heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job at League One side MK Dons, but he admitted the opportunity came “too soon” for him.
It’s a huge boost for Liverpool’s long-term future as academy players gain the opportunity to pick the brains and learn from a club and Premier League legend.