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Gerrard would have stayed at Liverpool if he'd been offered coaching role

The LA Galaxy midfielder is disappointed he wasn’t given the chance to learn his trade under Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard left the club he had spent his entire career at during the summer.
Gerrard left the club he had spent his entire career at during the summer.
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STEVEN GERRARD HAS admitted that he would still be at Liverpool now if manager Brendan Rodgers had offered him a player/coaching role.

The 35-year-old former England captain ended his 18-year professional career with the Reds over the summer and joined MLS champions LA Galaxy.

However, Gerrard is disappointed that he wasn’t given the chance to join the backroom staff while remaining on as a bit-part player.

“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,” Gerrard said, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

“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.”

Rodgers replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh with Sean O’Driscoll and Gary McAllister before the start of this season, but Gerrard believes one of those positions would have been perfect for him.

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,” he added.

“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.”

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