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Gerrard: Klopp excited for me in U18s role

27 Apr 2017
Steven Gerrard and Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool

Reds legend takes Liverpool manager's advice as he prepares to manage Under-18 side from 2017/18 season

Steven Gerrard says he is taking the advice of first-team manager Jurgen Klopp on board after Liverpool confirmed he will take charge of the club's Under-18s ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The retired midfielder, who scored 120 goals in 504 Premier League appearances during an illustrious playing career at Anfield, took a role at the club’s Academy in January this year, and will replace Neil Critchley, who will take charge of their Premier League 2 team.

Gerrard told "One of the things Jurgen said to me when I sat down with him [was], 'You'll make mistakes, you've got to learn from them, grow and move on - and you ideally want to do that away from cameras.'

"I think he was more excited than me as the chats progressed and, when he thought about me coming back and being manager of the 18s, he was super excited. He's been first-class." 

The Reds are currently fifth in Division 1 of the final stage in the 2016/17 Under-18 Premier League campaign, and they host Chelsea at the Liverpool Academy in their next match on Saturday.

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