The newly appointed Liverpool U18s boss enjoyed his first day in the job and says he’s looking forward to the season ahead.
Gerrard has described his first day in the job to Liverpoolfc.com and explained the U18s plans for pre-season as they prepare for their first season under the former Liverpool midfielder.
Gerrard: “It’s exciting. I’d been waiting for this all through the summer and had one eye on it while I’ve been having a bit of a break. It’s here now and I’m really excited about getting my teeth into it.”
“95 per cent of the planning was done at the back end of last year. I did a lot of planning with Alex (Inglethorpe), he’s been a big help for me to get sorted for today.”
“I feel ready, we’re organised and I’ve got a fantastic staff around me. We just can’t wait for the first game of the season now.”
The new Liverpool U18s boss revealed his backroom staff a number of weeks ago but has spoken about his new coaching team in more detail today.
He’s delighted to have such an experienced team on board, some of whom he worked with at Liverpool whilst he was a player.
“I am lucky to have Jordan Milsom alongside me, who I worked with for six or seven years over at Melwood. I’ve been lucky to get him on board; he’s the master in sports science, in numbers and getting the players prepared for the first game of the season.”
“From a player’s point of view, I’ve been there – these runs they’re doing today, the lactic, jump and fat tests, they’re the boring side of it, but it has got to be done. We have got to find a base and see where they’re up to. The balls will be out from tomorrow, today is all about finding where they are.”
“Having dealt with him in my own rehabilitations, how fit he had me in the gym, how good I felt going onto the pitch and what he is like as a person as well, I think he’ll be really good for the lads.”
Gerrard has also revealed that Alex Inglethorpe was the man who suggested bringing in an assistant for the new Reds U18 boss. Tom Culshaw, who has been promoted from the U15s, is the man who’s been chosen to take up this role.
“Alex said when we first started talking about this that it’d be new for me and it was a big job and a big role, I realised that and so he was keen on putting an assistant next to me, someone who I trusted and who had my back.”
“I met Tommy when we were young kids on a council estate in Liverpool and we did our full-time apprenticeships and played for the U18s together.”
“We know each other inside out and I’ve been well impressed with him, ever since I started coming in to do my coaching badges. I think he deserves the promotion from the U15s to the U18s and I feel really confident having him next to me.”
Like Jürgen Klopp, Gerrard is keen to use pre-season as an opportunity to try out different systems and formations.
The U18s have a number of friendly matches scheduled for this summer.
“We’ve got six or seven pre-season friendlies in place that we’re looking forward to,” he said. “That’s important for us to try different formations, systems, get used to individuals and try them in different places in the team.
“But everyone, including the players as well, has got an eye on August and we can’t wait for that first game. Hopefully it’ll be here (the Academy); hopefully it’ll be a home fixture and we can get off to a winning start.”