Jay Spearing back at Liverpool in a player-coach role with the youth team
Jay Spearing is back at Liverpool in a player-coach capacity for the youth team after leaving the club 10 years ago. The former Reds midfielder will be a coach for the under-18s and will be permitted to play for the under-21 side.
Speaking to The Athletic (Subscription Required), the 33-year-old shares his excitement to be back with the youth side. His time at LFC may not have worked out, but Liverpool fans still remember him for giving it his all on the pitch whenever he was played.
“It’s surreal to be back but an amazing feeling. This is the place I called home from the age of seven before I moved up to Melwood and then left at the age of 23.”
Spearing added that he looked forward to helping the youngsters in the squad. The former Red was shocked when he was first offered the role but believes that it was the ideal next step.
“The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that this was the ideal next step for me. It was a no-brainer.”
The 33-year-old looks forward to working as a player-coach at the club and is looking forward to the opportunity. The midfielder is ready to guide the youngsters in the squad and help them make a place for themselves in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Spearing a good role model at Liverpool
As Spearing returns to the club, he can impart valuable experience and knowledge to the youngsters. The midfielder has had an extensive career, playing in four tiers of English football with various sides.
The 33-year-old was brought up through the youth ranks and made his debut for Liverpool’s first team in 2008. The midfielder went on to play 55 times for the Anfield side with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher on the pitch. He was also part of the side that won the 2012 League Cup.
Spearing left the Merseyside club in 2012 and has played for various other teams. Most recently, the midfielder played for Tranmere Rovers in League Two.
With the vast experience the 33-year-old has amassed in his playing career, Liverpool have done the right thing in bringing Spearing back. The midfielder will also be able to provide cover for the under-21 side.
The former first-team player is the best person for a young player to look up to and take advice from. Spearing could act as a role model for many youngsters to follow.
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Former players coming back to the club is something fans look forward to. The 33-year-old knows the culture and tradition of the team and will undoubtedly be able to help those looking to make it as a professional understand what it takes to make it to the top.