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Gerrard hints at Liverpool coaching career in 2016

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Gerrard could be back at Liverpool later this year
Gerrard could be back at Liverpool later this year

Steven Gerrard is planning a move into coaching when he ends his playing career, most likely later this year, and has hinted at a future with Liverpool.

Gerrard left Anfield in the summer, moving to Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy, but has been back on Merseyside during the MLS close season and taking part in Jurgen Klopp's training sessions.

The former England captain said in the Daily Telegraph: "I'm not 100 per cent sure but I think it will probably be my last year as a player.

"I have had a chat with Klopp. I haven't had an offer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back but there hasn't been a conversation where they have said: 'We want you to do this, we want you to do that'.

"They have welcomed me back in. I am always going to be biased towards Liverpool and the FA and basically when I am back home I am going to carry on with my punditry work and try and move around clubs and gain more experience, going to watch managers and learning more.

"I am basically available from November, December 2016. Everyone in the football world will know I am available and hopefully I will be 75 per cent into my coaching badges."

Gerrard said he regretted not beginning work towards his badges earlier in his playing career, and said he had urged the Football Association to do more to engage its most experienced players in order to keep them in the game.

"I have regrets I didn't start my coaching badges at 21-22," he added.

"All that time wasted in hotels as an England player when I've been bored and was watching 'The Office' and 'The Sopranos'. I wish I'd done my CBA (coaching) licence then so I'd be doing my pro-licence now.

"I know many players get to the end of their careers, get handed a thick C licence pack and say, 'Nah, I'm not doing that.' That's 70/80 caps and 600 career appearances and he is just going nah. He could have had it done.

"I had a meeting with the FA and said these players that are earning a certain amount of caps - don't let them go away from the game, do more to keep them involved."