'He could be a big manager' - Xabi Alonso tips Gerrard to take over at Liverpool

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The former England midfielder has made an instant impact with the Reds' Under-18s, leading an old team-mate to predict great things from him

Steven Gerrard has been tipped to one day take over as Liverpool manager by former Reds team-mate Xabi Alonso. 

The former England international began work with the club's Under-18s team this summer, and has led the youngsters to an unbeaten start to the season. 

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And Alonso, who starred in midfield with Gerrard for five years at Anfield between 2004 and 2009, believes he will be ready for the senior job before too long.

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“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,” the former Spain midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com.

“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.”

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Alonso added that Gerrard has always had the ability to lead, a talent he found out for himself upon arriving at Anfield. 

“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,” he said.

“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.”