Steven Gerrard back at Liverpool Football Club

Steven Gerrard ended his time away from Liverpool today when the club officially confirmed his return, initially working as an Academy coach.

It is 18 months and 9 days since the former Liverpool captain officially joined LA Galaxy as his playing career wound down.

After developing as a youngster at the Academy, Gerrard played for Liverpool for 17 years as a professional where he collected 10Al trophies scoring 186 goals in his 710 LFC appearances.

Starting in February, in a full time role, Gerrard will being work as a coach at the Academy assisting Alex Inglethorpe - the Director of the LFC Academy.

Speaking alongside the announcement, Gerrard said:

"It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn't a decision based on emotion - it's about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.

"I don't think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.

"Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved.

"This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development."

Alex Inglethorpe added:

"He has shown great humility in making it clear from the outset he wants a role where he can contribute to Liverpool; it's typical of him that his priority has been defining the role so it helps the club, ahead of himself.

"He has expressed a desire to learn from us and manage a young team. The benefits to us will be immense. This is a substantial role and one which makes the Academy and the club in general stronger and better."

Welcome back to Liverpool, Steven.

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