In an Instagram post he published online on Saturday evening, ex-Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has hinted at what may be his intention to leave MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Gerrard noted: “Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege. You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you.”
Currently the Galaxy are about to play their last regular season game before the play offs commence next week. The team are third in the Western Conference standings and would fancy a chance to emulate their overall success of the 2014 season. Gerrard joined his old Liverpool team-mate Robbie Keane in the States in July of last year and while he has had a decent record in the league of five goals in 32 games, he has never matched the Irishman’s impact.
What the Liverpudlian will do next is another question. For a man who has always been a “homebird”, a playing career retirement and return to the city of Liverpool seems ominous. There have been multiple rumours that he plans to return and work in a coaching capacity at Anfield but considering Jurgen Klopp’s unique tactical and management style, it is hard to see where Gerrard fits into the set up.
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) October 22, 2016
However, there is another possibility according to Rob Harris of the Associated Press…
People assuming Gerrard Instagram post tribute to LA Galaxy fans meant he's leaving – but Sunday is the team's "fan appreciation night"
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) October 22, 2016
What seems more likely is that Gerrard will return in a punditry capacity for the next few years while working on his coaching badges. His old colleague Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville seem to have the Sky Sports slots taken, so don’t be surprised to see Gerrard turn up in a BT sport, BBC or ITV chair in the near future.
Mark Townsend, Pundit Arena