Jermaine Pennant: How Steven Gerrard ‘blew my mind’ in our first ever conversation

Steven Gerrard is regarded by many as the greatest player in Liverpool FC’s illustrious history.

The 38-year-old midfielder retired from professional football in 2016 and recently took his first job in management.

Gerrard is now in charge at Rangers but has previously stated his desire to take the reins at his boyhood club.

“The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool, when the Liverpool job becomes available,” Gerrard told the football magazine twentyfour7 in 2013.

“It would be the icing on the cake”.

The Rangers boss enjoyed a 17-year playing career at Liverpool and was club captain for 12 of those years.

Despite being a player, Gerrard was involved on the player recruitment side at Liverpool and Jermaine Pennant has revealed how Gerrard helped bring him to Anfield.

The English winger, who joined the Reds from Birmingham City for £6.7m in 2006, recounted the story in his new autobiography.

“One of the craziest things that have ever happened to me on a football pitch was being tapped up by Steven Gerrard in the middle of a game,” he writes in his new tell-all autobiography Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the Beautiful Game.

“Here was one of my heroes, the captain of Liverpool, the team I grew up supporting as a kid, the team I always wanted to play for, and Gerrard was trying to get the number of my agent during a match!

“I was in the middle of the field, near Gerrard, whom I had never even spoken to before and he said in his thick Scouse accent, ‘All right lad, who’s your agent?’

“I was thinking, ‘What?’ It was crazy. I even said to him, ‘Why? Do you know him?’ I added, ‘Do you need his details? I’ll give you his details!’

“I grew up as a Liverpool fan and it blew my mind.”

It’s clear that Gerrard was destined to become a football manager after his playing career ended.

Pennant spent three years at Anfield but notched only three Premier League goals before joining Real Zaragoza.

The 35-year-old winger played for Billericay Town last season but is currently without a club.