Xabi Alonso believes Steven Gerrard is already showing that he will one day manage Liverpool.
Gerrard, 37, retired last November after a spell in MLS with LA Galaxy and returned to Liverpool in January.
Jurgen Klopp appointed Gerrard into a coaching role at Melwood and this summer he was given the role of Under-18s head coach.
And his former Reds team-mate Alonso is convinced Gerrard has what it takes to make it as a coach.
“I’m following the early steps of his career closely and for sure he has all the attributes to become a big manager and a Liverpool manager one day,” Alonso told the club’s website.
“For sure, to have someone with his knowledge [will help Liverpool’s youngsters]. But it’s different, you can be a great player but being a manager is a different task.
“For sure, he’s really focused and if he’s able to deliver that message he will be a good one.”
On Monday Gerrard was given the 2017 Legend of Football Award and Alonso, speaking at the London event, believes there was no better role model at the club while he was playing.
“Of course we had so many experiences together, so many highs, a few lows as well,” added Alonso.
“For sure, he deserves this kind of award. He’s a true legend of the game and I think that’s why he’s so praised and we appreciate him so much.
“I remember my first days in Liverpool. He was a true leader by example, not just in words, and you had to watch and learn from him and keep him close, as close as I could because I knew he was going to be a good influence for me.
“We started building a relationship on the pitch [and] off the pitch. Really he represents so well what the Liverpool pride means, the way he behaves, and since then we became really good friends.”