Gerrard says it was important for him to get back inside the game.
“I went to LA to get away, breathe, relax, switch off and think about what I wanted to do next," he said.
“During that time I missed the competitive side of the game – competing on a weekend for three important points.
“I felt like there was a void there. A lot of players I've spoken to since I came out of the game like parking it up and don't go near football again.
“But I don't know what I'd do without it – that's the reason why I've gone back in.
“I know where I'm strong and I know where I need help and support. It was important to get good people around me.
“Gary McAllister gives me experience, Michael Beale gives me pitch experience in terms of delivering sessions and Tom Culshaw gives me the trust so I feel like I'm covered on every base.
“If I can get everyone smiling up in Glasgow – that's what I want. I think it's important to be real. You have to be honest, open and respectful.
“Fans are hanging on to every word and I don't want to give them any false stuff. I am what I am and what I say is what I believe."