Steven Gerrard’s first MLS season ended with a flop in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, and since the Galaxy bounced out of the playoffs, the 35-year-old midfielder’s name has been linked to his old club Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp denied a potential coaching position for Gerrard with Liverpool, telling the Guardian he has talked with Gerrard, but that only training is on the table.
“He is a legend,” Klopp said. “If he’s in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in L.A. that’s absolutely no problem. Nothing else.”
The Independent first reported that Gerrard was in talks with Klopp concerning a coaching position.
Officially suiting up for Liverpool again would require a loan from the Galaxy, which Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said would not be a possibility. Gerrard signed an 18-month contract with the Galaxy, and said after the Galaxy’s playoff loss that this upcoming year “could be (his) last season of football.”
“I certainly don’t want to feel how I’m feeling now this time next year,” Gerrard said in Seattle. “I would certainly like to go out on a high.”
He said he “wasn’t aware of” the difficulties of playing on the road in MLS, including humidity, altitude and turf.
Gerrard had two goals and three assists in his 13 MLS games this season, but struggled, along with the entire team, down the stretch. He left his man unmarked on a free kick against Seattle that resulted in the Sounders’ second goal of the game.