Who is Steven Gerrard?
Steven George Gerrard, simply known as Steven Gerrard or Steve G, is an English coach who currently manages Scottish Premiership champions Rangers. Former England international was born on 30 May 1980.
Gerrard is the only footballer in Liverpool history to feature in the club’s all-time top five for both appearances and goals. Steven played 710 matches and scored 186 goals for Liverpool.
In November 2016, days before retiring as a footballer, the 41-year-old interviewed for the vacant coaching post at League One side Milton Keynes Dons but said that he was not set for the job.
In January 2017, the Englishman was appointed youth manager at Liverpool, effective from February.
On 11 April, it was reported that Steven would be taking charge of the Liverpool U18 team ahead of the 2017–18 campaign after impressing Jürgen Klopp and Alex Inglethorpe with his work ethic, knowledge and attitude towards academy coaching.
However, before Gerrard took the next step on the path to receive his coaching credentials, he pulled on the Liverpool shirt one last time in a friendly with Sydney at the end of this Premier League season.
On 7 September 2017, Liverpool announced Steven would manage the U19 side in the 2017–18 UEFA Youth League.
What is Steven Gerrard’s coaching career like?
In late April 2018, Steven entered negotiations to become the new coach of Rangers.
On 1 May, the previous coach Graeme Murty was sacked, with the Gers confirming three days later that Steven Gerrard would succeed him from 1 June, ahead of the 2018–19 campaign, signing a four-year contract.
The 41-year-old coach made his senior managerial debut on 12 July, where he oversaw Rangers to a 2–0 UEFA Europa League victory over Shkupi.
However, Steven’s first match in charge of the Gers in the Scottish Premiership was a 1–1 away draw with Aberdeen.
Under Steven’s management, the Gers went twelve games unbeaten in all tournaments from the start of the campaign before finally suffering defeat on 2 September, losing 1–0 to rivals Celtic in the Old Firm derby.
On 29 December, in the reverse fixture, Steven guided the Gers to their first victory over Celtic since 2012, in a match that ended with a 1–0 scoreline.
During the 2020–21 campaign, Steven led the Gers through a record-breaking campaign, claiming back-to-back derby victories over rivals Celtic and topping their Europa League group.
On 7 March 2021, Rangers won the Scottish Premiership trophy without losing a single league game, achieving their first league trophy in 10 years and their 55th top-flight title overall.