John Barnes eager for Liverpool coaching role

The former England international, who made over 400 appearances for the Anfield outfit, is keen to return to the club but played down the Reds’ chances of winning the league

By Ignat Manjoo and Lunga Ntuli

Liverpool legend John Barnes says he would jump at the chance to return to the club in a coaching capacity, should Brendan Rodgers ever require his services.

The Reds added former favourites Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones to their coaching structure last week, while Kenny Dalglish returned as a non-executive director.

And the 49-year-old Barnes, who spent 10 years at Anfield as a player and has since managed Celtic and Tranmere Rovers, believes his ties to the club could be beneficial.

“I would most definitely take the job. I played for Liverpool and working there would be a great way for me to show my appreciation to the club,” Barnes told Goal.

“It is the modern truth that we now lack legends that can identify with the club. I feel that being part of the system would benefit the club a lot since I understand the culture.

“The reality is that players come and go, but the club remains and that is why it is important to always protect the brand of the club.”

Liverpool currently sit second place in the Premier League table after an excellent start to the 2013-14 campaign, though Barnes believes Champions League qualification is the best they can hope for.

“I am not sure about them winning the league, since it has just begun,” he added. “I doubt they will win it, but maybe they can finish in the top five.”

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