Steven Gerrard admits he is likely to call time on his playing career during the current calendar year, and has hinted at a future with Liverpool.
The Anfield legend ended his 18-year association with the club when his contract expired at the end of last season, after which he headed to the United States where he linked up with LA Galaxy. As the Major League Soccer has a break he has been back in the red half of Merseyside, where he has been training with his old club under the leadership of new head coach Jurgen Klopp.
Gerrard has revealed that he will more than likely hang up his boots after one final season with his current employers, and he then intends to return to England to begin his coaching career. And the 35-year-old admits he has spoken with Klopp about the possibility of returning to Liverpool in some capacity, an opportunity which he would clearly welcome with open arms.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure but I think it will probably be my last year as a player,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “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’. They have welcomed me back in.
“I am always going to be biased towards Liverpool and when I am back I am going to carry on with my punditry work and try and move around clubs and gain more experience, going to watch managers and learning more. I am basically available from November, December 2016. Everyone in the football world will know I am available and hopefully I will be 75 per cent into my coaching badges.”