STEVEN GERRARD HAS revealed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp advised him to start at the bottom in coaching circles and “get it horribly, wildly wrong”.
The former Reds captain took the decision to pass on his wealth of experience when bringing his glittering playing career to a close.
His standing as a modern-day great would have made it easy for him to walk straight into a high-profile post.
Gerrard was, however, to cut his teeth within the academy ranks at Anfield.
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From there he landed a job at Old Firm giants Rangers in 2018, with the words of Klopp having been heeded as he sought to edge his way up the ladder.
Gerrard told Uefa’s official website of his managerial path: “The best thing I ever did was to go away from the cameras in the beginning.
“Go back to the beginning and strip it back like a car. Get your pitch confidence and get used to tactics and different formations. Try things, make mistakes and get it horribly, wildly wrong.
“Experiment and do all these things away from the camera but before you test yourself in the Europa League, before you test yourself in front of thousands and thousands of fans – put yourself in a better position before you go in there.
“Because I’ve seen tons of footballers with their names on their backs go in there and it doesn’t work.’
“I have made mistakes over the last couple of years as Rangers manager but the trick is to learn from them.