Steven Gerrard backed to succeed as a manager by ex-teammate Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has tipped Steven Gerrard for success in management as the former Liverpool captain prepares to take charge of a team for the first time.
Gerrard will take his Liverpool under-18s to St George's Park on Friday afternoon to face Burton Albion in a preseason friendly.
Barcelona striker Suarez, who played with Gerrard for three-and-a-half seasons at Liverpool, says the rookie coach has the leadership skills to thrive as a manager.
"I don't think he would have a problem [as a coach]," he told Liverpool's official website. "But I reckon that in that game when he just came back [in the Liverpool Legends' match against Real Madrid in March], he showed that he still had the quality to keep playing, even at Liverpool! That's because he's a player who still can make the difference.
"Gerrard has gone down in history at Liverpool for the love he has always shown for the team and for the city. He's never wanted to move anywhere else, and he's a real example, a role model on the world stage.
"Also for the things he taught me as a teammate, for many different things really. If at some moment I'd react angrily at having had a bad game or after a defeat, he'd come over and have a quiet word, he'd back you and always give you sound advice.
"This is something that helped me a huge amount, as well as the time I mentioned before when I was on about leaving and he came over and chatted to me and advised me. I don't need to thank him because he already knows just how superbly well he treated me."
Suarez moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, where he has gone on to win the Champions League and multiple La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies.
He credits Gerrard with having an impact on his career, believing his former teammate always set the example for others to follow.
Asked if Gerrard influenced him as a man, Suarez replied: "Yes, because of how he was as a person. The way he dealt with things, difficult situations, how he was with his teammates and the club.
"Many times he'd be carrying an injury but he'd just play through that because the team needed him. That's the best example of being a captain that I've seen in my career."
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.