3rd April 2017
Madger Gomes was just as excited as any supporter when Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s recent return to the club was confirmed.
In January, the Academy welcomed one of its finest exports back to Kirkby as, fresh from hanging up his boots, Gerrard was appointed as a coach by the club he served with such distinction.
The news held particular significance for Gomes given that he has long considered Stevie a reference point for his professional development.
What’s more, the Huyton-born midfielder provides a link to the 20-year-old’s fondest footballing memory since moving to England in 2014.
In a period that saw Gomes given regular chances to train with the first team under Brendan Rodgers, he recalls seeing the former No.8’s countless qualities up close and being awestruck.
And such moments still serve as motivation when he runs out on the pitches at the club’s youth facility each day.
Gomes says: “My focus here was always Gerrard. He was amazing and sometimes I [watched] him.
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