Liverpool news: Phil Thompson urges Steven Gerrard not to rush into first-team management

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Former Liverpool player Phil Thompson has urged Steven Gerrard not to rush into first-team management after announcing his retirement from football.

The ex-Liverpool captain confirmed on Thursday that he will be hanging up his boots after 18 years as a professional footballer and revealed he has already down the chance to take charge at League one side MK Dons.

Although Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that the Anfield door will always remain open to Gerrard, Thompson believes the former LA Galaxy should learn his trade under England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd before taking on any significant managerial roles.

Thompson, who worked with Gerrard during his time as Liverpool’s assistant manager, told Sky Sports: “There will be a lot of opportunities but I’d rather see him with England U21s, which would probably be my preference, then come back to Liverpool in some…

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