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Gerrard names Liverpool U18s backroom staff as legend gets to work

Date Posted,June 20, 2017

Steven Gerrard has unveiled his backrooom staff at Liverpool.

Gerrard will officially take charge of the Liverpool Under-18 side for next season in his first job in management.

The Anfield legend has drafted in four names to work alongside him and admits he can’t wait to get started, reports the Liverpool Echo .

On July 3 they’re in for testing, so we’ll probably get on the pitch on the 4th or the 5th. It can’t come quick enough,” he said.

“I am really, really excited and we’ll see how it goes. I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.

“We made a plan at the end of last season, so everyone has a schedule for the first month and it’s all done. I am lucky because I have a backroom team that are very, very good and they’ve all helped me put it into place. I can’t wait for it.”

Gerrard in action for Liverpool (Photo: Mark Metcalfe)
Liverpool Academy coach Steven Gerrard has grand plans (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)

Tom Culshaw

Tom is a former Academy defender who as a youngster played in the same Huyton teams as his close pal, Gerrard.

Current Under-15s coach, Culshaw will move up to the Under-18s to act as Gerrard’s assistant.

Gerrard said: “Tommy Culshaw is going to assist me. When I started out full-time as an apprentice, Tommy was a year above me so I know everything about him and he knows everything about me. I thought he was the perfect partner to go into it.”

As a schoolboy Culshaw represented England at international level playing for both U15 and U16 age groups, and at 16 he also graduated from the FA National School where he spent two years living at Lilleshall with future stars Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.

Gerrard was confirmed as Liverpool’s new U18s boss (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)

He started as a youth team player and then signed professional forms at 17 and progressed to become the reserve team captain gaining experience training alongside established players such as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

After playing Tom worked in coaching and education and became the football development officer at the LFC Foundation College.

Tom returned to the Academy in 2011.

Neil Edwards

The current Under-18s goalkeeping coach, Neil ‘Taff’ Edwards will remain in his role.

“We’ve kept the goalie coach in place,” said Gerrard. “Taff is excellent,”

During an 18-year career, Neil played for Leeds, Stockport, Rochdale and Bury.

He joined the Liverpool Academy after five-years working at Bolton, where he was U18 head of goalkeeping coach, working with reserves and first-team players.

The Reds legend is determined to produce a tough need breed at Kirkby (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)

His coaching career began at Carlisle United, where he was first-team coach as part of Neil McDonald’s team.

Neil was also Wales U17-19s goalkeeping coach for two years.

Scott Mason

Mason will be Gerrard’s performance analyst, a role he has held at Liverpool since 2012.

He was previously analyst for the U15-U16 age groups.

He made his first steps into performance analysis during the 2011-12 season when he completed an internship at West Brom.

“Before I joined Liverpool I was at West Bromwich Albion for two years,” he explained. “The first year was as an internship before I got a full-time position. I then got the opportunity to come to Liverpool and it’s something you just can’t say no to.

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“I was actually on the books of West Bromwich Albion as a player and played against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup in the third round, the year they won the tournament.

“Doing the analysis and coaching is the next best thing to playing and I love the game.”

Jordan Milsom

Another Scouser, Rehab fitness coach Milsom will move to Kirkby from Melwood, with Conall Murtagh moving the other way.

Gerrard knows Milson well having worked with him while still playing for Liverpool’s first team from 2010.

“I lost my fitness coach when the U18s fitness coach moved up to Melwood, so I phoned Jürgen and asked him if I could have Jordan Milsom, who I worked with for a few years and is, for me, one of the best in the business.

Gerrard watches on (Photo: Liverpool FC)

“I thought it was important to replace the guy we lost, who was really good, so Jordan will do the fitness side of it,”

Liverpool appointed Jordan as rehab fitness coach in the summer of 2010.

He has a degree from Liverpool University and an MSc in Sports Physiology from John Moores University.

His most recent post prior to arriving at Melwood was as sports scientist at Leicester City.

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