Didi Hamann has insisted that Liverpool don’t particularly need to add Steven Gerrard to their coaching set-up immediately after he announced his retirement.
The 36-year-old confirmed his exit from LA Galaxy last week, and has now hung his boots up as he considers his options for the next stage of his career.
While he has featured regularly as a pundit on BT Sport, coaching seems to be the desired route for the Liverpool legend and a coaching role within the Reds academy has been widely touted with Jurgen Klopp dropping a hint in a press conference on Thursday, as noted by the Liverpool Echo.
However, Hamann doesn’t think there is an immediate requirement to add Gerrard to Klopp’s backroom staff, but valued him very highly as a player and believes that he will enjoy a stellar career on the sidelines too.
“Liverpool are having plenty of success at the moment and although there’s probably a role for Steven Gerrard somewhere, I don’t feel there is an immediate need to implement him into the club right now,” he told Paddy Power Blog.
“He needs to see what he wants to do and make a decision over the next few months. If he does go into managing or coaching I wouldn’t be surprised if he did perform at the very best level and become one of the best.
“There will be plenty of clubs vying for Steven Gerrard’s services, and there is no reason to believe he can’t be a very good coach or manager.”
Gerrard made over 700 appearances for Liverpool, and few are held in such high regard by the club’s supporters than their former captain.
In turn, it would certainly be a welcome sight for many to see him back at Anfield in the near future, but time will tell whether or not that’s the best option for him at this stage of his career as it will have to be the right fit for both parties to ensure that it will be a successful new partnership.