Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia has backed Steven Gerrard to one day become the manager at Anfield.
The legendary former Reds captain will officially begin a role as a coach as the club’s Academy next month, working alongside Steve Heighway and Alex Inglethorpe at the Kirkby facility.
Gerrard has made no secret of a desire to eventually move into management, but the ex-England skipper turned down an approach from League One side MK Dons last year.
Garcia , who won the Champions League with Gerrard in 2005, believes his old captain has what it takes to deliver in the Anfield hotseat one day.
The Spaniard told 888Sport: “Having Stevie around the academy will be a big boost because he is a very important character for Liverpool.
“I’m sure everyone at the club is very happy to have him there and I cannot see why he will not be the manager one day.
He’s getting his badges with young players. Why not? We will see in a couple of years, first as an assistant coach and then manager. We’ve seen it before.”
Gerrard left Anfield for LA Galaxy in the summer of 2015, and brought an 18-month stay in California to an end when he officially retired in November last year.