Steven Gerrard is certainly invited to train with Liverpool throughout the MLS offseason, but the LA Galaxy midfielder’s participation will be limited to just that.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear on Wednesday that Gerrard would be welcome to train with the club in the coming weeks, but any other role in a playing or coaching capacity would remain out of the question.
The denial comes on the heels of reports linking the LA Galaxy star with a return to the Liverpool, with the extent of the move remaining unknown
“All I can say is that I’ve had contact with Stevie,” Klopp said Wednesday at a press conference. “One phone call and a few messages. He is a legend. If he’s in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in LA, that’s absolutely no problem. Nothing else.”
Gerrard made 18 total appearances for the Galaxy this season, scoring three goals while providing four assists. The Galaxy were eliminated from the playoffs last week with an opening round loss to the Seattle Sounders.
What do you think of this development? Think the idea of a Gerrard return to playing for Liverpool was always far-fetched? What MLS players are you hoping to see go on loan this winter?
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That de-escalated quickly…
19 teams in MLS are glad
Eh…. no way Klopp would take a step back into the failed past, he was never going back into the Liverpool lineup. No surprise there.
As indicated by his comments and performance… Gerrard was caught completely flat-footed by the challenges of MLS. Hopefully he comes into 2016 motivated and prepared as he was often out of sorts offensively and disinterested defensively. Whatever else you want to say about the level…. heat, travel, altitude…. MLS ain’t for coddled chumps.
Frankly, I don’t care one way or another. His presence didn’t really help or harm LA. He was pretty much a non-factor, if we’re honest. The real problem is he’s a multi-million dollar non-factor. LA has any number of midfielders who could have done just the same, and none earns seven figures.
Well the problem with Gerrard is not only that he was a multi-million dollar non-factor, as you accurately summed up, it’s that the person playing his role last year (Sarvas) was noticeably more effective and cost the Galaxy a lot less, so it’s now become a difficult move to justify, unless he has a stellar season next year and clicks better with Juninho.