Liverpool delivered landmark news to their supporters on Friday evening, with club legend Steven Gerrard returning as an academy coach.
Gerrard is set to take up a “wide-ranging role” at the Reds’ Kirkby academy, having announced his retirement from professional football back in November.
The former Liverpool captain spent 17 years in the first team on Merseyside, before leaving to join MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015.
Seemingly always destined to return to Anfield, Gerrard now finds himself part of Jurgen Klopp‘s backroom staff, working alongside the likes of Alex Inglethorpe and Steve Heighway at the academy.
Given Gerrard’s legendary status, the 36-year-old’s return was met with widespread positivity on social media.
The main man has been OFFICIALLY sworn in…. Steven Gerrard returns to LFC as Academy coach.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) January 20, 2017
WELCOME HOME! pic.twitter.com/cPhnhe2DK1
— Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) January 20, 2017
— Harinder Singh (@Harinder1977) January 20, 2017
Hiya mate…. pic.twitter.com/lrAQXvSUNe
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 20, 2017
Gerrard getting a job at Liverpool's Academy is the news we needed today, here at the beginning of the apocalypse.
— nate (@natefc) January 20, 2017
Buzzing ??? pic.twitter.com/LGSUt3nAgC
— Jack Bearne (@jakkbearne10) January 20, 2017
Great to see my old mucca back at the lfc academy how lucky are these young lads to have him… https://t.co/kqvKfqI5QO
— David Thompson (@77thomo) January 20, 2017
Great news to see there is a role at the LFC Academy for Stevie G. I wish him well being successful in his new coaching role??
— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) January 20, 2017
An inauguration I can get behind. #lfc https://t.co/e14mcc7GH2
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) January 20, 2017
Great to have Steven Gerrard back at Liverpool. And even better that it's in the academy—still needs to prove his worth as a coach. #LFC
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) January 20, 2017
Great news & good luck Stevie because this coaching lark isn't easy ask Neville! https://t.co/4026LxUb1C
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 20, 2017
?? ? I love this decision. What an inspiration Steven will be for the kids. He helped out in the academy before & is an excellent coach #lfc https://t.co/ihxkYvP9aE
— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) January 20, 2017
Superb news that Gerrard is part of the #LFC Academy. Right pathway at the right time. ??
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 20, 2017