Jurgen Klopp has refused to confirm that Steven Gerrard will take control of Liverpool’s under-18 team.
Gerrard was linked with taking over as coach of the club’s under-18s in a report in The Times earlier this week, but that talk appears to be premature.
The report claimed: “Gerrard’s application and work ethic since taking on the role have impressed Jurgen Klopp and academy director Alex Inglethorpe enough for him to be rewarded with a place in the dugout.”
Klopp though was asked about Gerrard’s role at his press call on Thursday and gave a rather cryptic answer.
“There’s no announcement to do at this moment, but what I can say is yes,” said Klopp.
“He is doing a real job at the academy at the moment. He enjoys it a lot.
“Yes he will be a coach of the youth next season. I’m pretty sure. But we will tell you exactly which team when we want to tell..”
The 36-year-old has combined duties as a coach at at levels at the club’s academy with studies for his coaching badges and appearances as a pundit for BT Sport.
Former Reds assistant boss Phil Thompson said this week that Gerrard was ready for the role.
“He’s been through all the levels so I would think it was the right time for Steven to step up,” Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ.
“Stevie does understand you’ve got to learn your trade. Sometimes you can’t just go from being a player (to being a manager).”