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Gerard Houllier backs legend Steven Gerrard to return as manager of Liverpool

By Carl Markham

Gerard Houllier thinks Steven Gerrard will one day return to Anfield to manage Liverpool.

The 34-year-old midfielder looks set to end his playing career in the United States and then return to the Merseyside club, possibly in a coaching role.

Announcing his decision yesterday, the Reds captain said it was his "sincere hope and wish" to "return to serve Liverpool again, in whatever capacity best helps the club."

And Houllier, who managed Gerrard at Liverpool for six years, believes the Anfield skipper could well be in charge of first-team affairs at the club in the future.

"I would not be surprised if we saw him become the boss at Anfield," Houllier said.

"That would be very good. He has always been good around the team - he is someone who likes to think about the team first and I wouldn't be surprised if he became a successful manager."

And the Frenchman insists Gerrard has made the correct call in leaving the Merseyside club.

"I think Stevie has done the right thing," Houllier said.

"He has a break from Liverpool and maybe he will get through his different qualifications outside training to become a manager."

Houllier gave Gerrard his debut in 1998 and made him captain when he was just 22-years-old.

Gerrard helped Houllier win the FA Cup, the League Cup twice and the Uefa Cup during his time at Liverpool and he will always remember the midfielder fondly.

"He's a great leader, someone who inspires," Houllier said. "He's a kind-hearted person. He's a great personality and character."

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