Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool U18s from next season

James Ducker
Steven Gerrard will take charge of Liverpool's U18 team - Liverpool FC

Steven Gerrard is set to take charge of Liverpool's Under-18 team from next season as the former captain takes the first step towards his dream of one day managing the club.

Gerrard, 36, has been working at Liverpool's academy since January in a role working across differing age groups, but he is due to over the Under-18s in the summer.

The former England captain has been a regular on the sidelines at Under-18 matches since he returned to Liverpool and travelled with the squad for their 2-1 defeat at Reading last Saturday.

Gerrard's impending appointment will trigger a reshuffle at the academy's Kirkby base, with current Under-18 coach Neil Critchley potentially moving up to take charge of the Under-23s.

Gerrard turned down the chance to manage League One side MK Dons in order to return to Liverpool after ending his playing career, and it is understood that this kind of progression was always planned for the 36 year-old, whose dedication and work ethic have been in clear evidence since his arrival at Kirkby.

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