Luis Suarez expects Steven Gerrard to be able to transfer the multitude of leadership skills he displayed as a captain over to his new career as a manager.
Gerrard will begin his coaching journey in earnest on Friday, when his Liverpool U18s side travel to St George’s Park to take on their counterparts from Burton Albion in their first pre-season friendly.
Few Reds fans will need reminding that the legendary former midfielder skippered his boyhood club for 12 years before leaving in the summer of 2015 to close out his days as a player with LA Galaxy.
As such, Suarez spent the entirety of his own Anfield career, which ran from January 2011 to July 2014, under Gerrard’s captaincy – and the Barcelona striker feels the human and footballing qualities his ex-teammate possesses will stand him in good stead in management.
“I don’t think he would have a problem [as a coach],” says Suarez, who features in the latest episode of LFCTV’s series ‘What LFC Means To Me’, which you can watch for free below.
“But I reckon that in that game when he just came back [in the Liverpool Legends’ match against Real Madrid in March], he showed that he still had the quality to keep playing, even at Liverpool! That’s because he’s a player who still can make the difference.
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