Brendan Rodgers tips departing Steven Gerrard for managerial role

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Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has the qualities to make a successful manager when he eventually hangs up his boots.

The Reds midfielder announced this week that he will be leaving Anfield at the end of the season in favour of a move to American to play in the MLS.

Rodgers say no offer was made to allow the 34-year-old join the coaching staff at Anfield because of his desire to keep playing but he said he would love to have him back in the future if the chance arises.

“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t be a manager. He is a wonderful leader in the changing room,” Rodgers said.

“I genuinely believe he can offer great advice. The experience he has of Liverpool and those bits of gold dust he can give players would be invaluable to youngsters.”

Liverpool (1.95) begin their quest for FA Cup glory away at AFC Wimbledon (9.35) on Monday night with Gerrard expected to lead his team out.

Rodgers said he would have no problem finding a role for Gerrard on his staff once he finishes his playing career.

“If I was here as manager at that time he would be someone who would be great to have on the staff,” Rodgers added.

“Steven is a type who is just not going to go into it blind, he is a thinker of the game, but his focus is very much on the present in terms of playing beyond this season.”

The FA Cup Final this season would be Gerrard’s final game in Red should they make it to Wembley.

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