Steven Gerrard hopes to play for ‘another five years’
Liverpool skipper will consider coaching career and hopes Steve Clarke's arrival can boost Reds' season
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is eager to keep playing for at least another “four or five” years.
And Gerrard, 30, admits the prospect of a coaching career is a real possibility once he hangs up his boots.
“It’s not my main priority or focus at the moment, I still think that’s a long way off,” the England international told LFC Weekly. “I believe I can play football for another four or five years.
“But I do sometimes think about what I’m going to do when I finish playing and I would like to stay involved in some capacity, whether that’s on the media side or in the dugout we’ll have to wait and see. I will certainly try to get my coaching qualifications at some point.”
Reds caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish was recently joined in the Liverpool dugout by former Chelsea and West Ham coach Steve Clarke, and Gerrard revealed his delight at the 47-year-old’s arrival.
“I think he’s a great appointment,” Gerrard said of Clarke. “From what I’ve seen he’s supported some fantastic managers in his career. He played at the top level and has vast experience in the game.
“It’s early days yet but the training sessions have been good. If he can come in and help us tighten up defensively and help us improve going forward he’ll be a fantastic addition to the coaching staff.
“It’s exciting to see how his relationship will work with Kenny. Hopefully the pair of them, along with Sammy Lee, can help guide us up the league.”
The Liverpool skipper added: “Between them that trio have plenty of experience and should make a very good coaching team.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insists the club are looking to strengthen their squad in January and backs Dalglish as the right man to guide the Reds up the Premier League table.
“I would be devastated if we didn’t see some improvement,” Werner told the BBC. “We’ve identified some targets and hope we will be successful.
“I expect progress, we’ve resources to improve, we’re not driven by spending, but our team needs to get younger.
“We feel very confident we’re making progress. There’s not an overnight success, our squad has been inconsistent and we expect to improve it short term.”
Werner added: “Kenny’s got many of the qualities we’ve looked for in a manager, he has the confidence of the players and we’ll start to see better results.”