Liverpool legend and current Los Angeles Galaxy player Steven Gerrard could be finished playing after this Major League Soccer season.
Gerrard isn’t “100 percent sure” about the retirement part, but the Englishmen knows one thing: He likes what Jurgen Klopp is doing at Anfield, saying he “can’t get enough” of the manager’s advice during 11-v-11 drills.
Gerrard says he’s spoken with the Liverpool manager, and is hoping to get into coaching soon after his playing days end. He regrets binge-watching TV shows during his playing days instead of getting his coaching badges.
As for an Anfield return?
“I have had a chat with Klopp. I haven’t had an offer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back but there hasn’t been a conversation where they have said: ‘We want you to do this, we want you to do that’,” he said.
Jurgen Klopp’s age and ambition would help Gerrard take the long path toward learning his stripes as a manager.
Even better for Gerrard, should he perceivably want to one day lead Liverpool, Klopp could be around long enough for Gerrard to go away from the club and get first-chair experience.
As for the Galaxy angle, his 18-month contract ends after the 2016 season. Harsh criticism of foreign players is just as common in the American top flight as it is in Spain, Italy and England, and Gerrard wasn’t a star for L.A. but was far from the bumbling buffoon MLS-honks claimed; Advanced stats had him as a Top-25 player in the league from his July debut onward.
Though Gerrard was far from a $9 million man, he’ll have his chance to make his mark this season. With a full offseason of prep, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him a true marshall in the midfield for Los Angeles… for one last go-round.