McAuley became Gerrard’s coach when the Reds skipper was just eight years old and since then he has watched him blossom into one of Liverpool’s greatest-ever players.
Nowadays, the duo are close friends and have recently worked together to organise football camps in Gerrard’s childhood home of Huyton with the Steven Gerrard Foundation.
And Gerrard took to his Instagram account to pay tribute to the 62-year-old and thank him for his help over the years.
Gerrard posted the picture above on Friday morning and wrote: “Still a big help and massive support for me this fella . Been with me since 1988 . Love catching up with him #Hughiemc #lfc #coach #friend”
The Liverpool captain was not involved as the Reds were knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas on penalties on Thursday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are now gearing up for their Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
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