Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has backed Steven Gerrard to become a future first-team manager at the club.
Following retirement Gerrard began his coaching career at the Reds' academy in February and this season has taken charge of the under-18s side, also leading an under-19s team in the UEFA Youth League.
Alonso, recently retired himself, believes this is just the start for his former team-mate.
"I'm following the early steps of his career closely and for sure he has all the attributes to become a big manager and a Liverpool manager one day," the Spaniard told liverpoolfc.com.
"You can be a great player but being a manager is a different task. For sure, he's really focused and if he's able to deliver that message he will be a good one."
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Liverpool have confirmed that club legend Steven Gerrard will take charge of their Under-18 side from next season.
Gerrard returned to the Reds to take up a role as academy coach in February after leaving LA Galaxy in November and announcing his retirement from professional football.
The 36-year-old replaces Neil Critchley, who has moved up to become U23 manager with current boss Mike Garritty shifting to his backroom staff.
I have really enjoyed my time at the Academy so far and feel I have learnt a lot from the coaching staff here already.
After speaking to Alex [Inglethorpe], we feel as though it is time for me to step up and manage my own team.
Neil has done a fantastic job with the U18s, so I hope I can continue where he left off, encouraging and nurturing players into the U23s and eventually the first-team setup.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by former captain Steven Gerrard's first steps into coaching and the 36-year-old is set to be rewarded by taking charge of a team of his own next season.
The ex-England midfielder joined the club's academy in February with a roving brief involving a number of youth teams.
However, Gerrard has closely aligned himself with the under-18s side and is set to take over a more permanent role with them in the summer as part of a reshuffle promoted by under-21 coach Michael Beale's move to Sao Paulo earlier this year.
There is not a real announcement in this moment, but what I can probably say is 'yes' [Gerrard will take over].
He is doing a real job at the academy at the moment with his presence and everything, being around and giving advice and leading little or bigger sessions and all that stuff.
They all enjoy it a lot. He especially enjoys it a lot. Yes, he will be the coach of a youth team next season, I'm pretty sure.
But we will tell you exactly which team when we want to tell you.
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