Football: World-class Guardiola would be a great addition to EPL, says Gerrard

Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola reacts during a match.
Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola reacts during a match.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Wednesday said "world-class" Pep Guardiola would be a great addition to the Premier League after the much sought-after Bayern Munich manager said he wanted to coach in England.

Guardiola, who will turn 45 this month, said on Tuesday that the reason he was leaving the German giants at the end of the season was because he wanted to coach in England.

"Pep Guardiola is a world-class manager," Gerrard told reporters in Sydney ahead of a Liverpool Legends game on Thursday. "It's looking like he is going to be coming to the Premier League which is great for us."

Gerrard, clearly a fan of the ex-Barcelona manager, is currently reading Pep Confidential, a book about Guardiola's first season at Bayern.

The LA Galaxy midfielder, 35, has his own ambitions in management and is working on his coaching qualifications before his expected retirement from playing this year.

He said he had a "positive conversation" with current Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and was keen to remain involved with his home-town club in any capacity.

Gerrard left the English Premier League side for the Los Angeles Galaxy last year, and has been training on Merseyside during the MLS close season.