Steven Gerrard has contemplated getting into managing when his playing days are over. And while he knows how cutthroat the Liverpool position can be, he says he would “consider it really seriously” should he be offered the position down the road.
The 34-year old Gerrard, who has 688 appearances for Liverpool, was asked about whether he would consider a return to the club if offered a managerial position sometime in the future. “If I’m in a position that I feel I am good enough and can contribute and help to this club and do a good job as a manager and the role is offered to me, I would consider it really seriously,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
He parried that sentiment with the knowledge of how much pressure rests on the position of manager at Liverpool, and offered some caution to go with his feelings of a hopeful return.
“If in five or 10 years time I get offered it and I don’t feel I am good enough, and there is a danger of ruining my reputation or showing myself up, I won’t go near it,” Gerrard said. “This is a brutal club to get it wrong at. You see what happened, for example with Roy Hodgson. He never got enough time, in a short space of time and he was out. You have got to be ready for it, you have to have the right backing, a certain amount of time to get it right. A lot of things have to be considered before you take on a role like that, and you have to be good enough.”
But the Liverpool captain has been taking his UEFA B license courses, and admits that, despite the pressure on the Anfield position, Gerrard admitted that because he’s even considering it, “I must be a bit bonkers, I must have that inside me.”
Former legends returning to clubs for a managerial position in the future has had mitigated success in the past. A hometown example in Kenny Dalglish is a bad sign for Gerrard. The man with 355 league appearances for Liverpool came back to manage the Reds, and while he won the League Cup, he was dismissed for an eighth-place league finish.
This isn’t the first time that Gerrard has expressed interest in managing his soon-to-be former club. He admitted as much back in 2013 as something that’s clearly been on his mind for some time.