Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield has seen the club change their outlook on Gerrard, who they watched leave after 18 years of service, as the German head coach wants to see the 35-year-old midfielder return “to define the standards of professionalism”, according to a report by the Independent.
The report claims Klopp has spoken to Gerrard on the phone “several times” since becoming Liverpool boss and wants him back on Merseyside to join the club for training at the very least, with a playing role a possibility.
The Galaxy do not want to allow their Designated Player to go on loan to another club during the offseason and are also unlikely to want him training with another team.
That would probably mean Liverpool have to table a transfer offer to release Gerrard from the final 12 months of his Galaxy contract, should LA allow him to go.
The Galaxy crashed out of the playoffs at the first hurdle last week and Gerrard revealed after their exit that he was considering retirement in a year’s time. He also said he never anticipated the travel involved in MLS would present such a challenge as it did during his brief experience so far.
“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year. I’d love to go out on a high,” he told reporters in Seattle last week.
“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of. Every away game has a different challenge.”
It’s those challenges that might have changed Gerrard’s stance on playing out his final days across the pond. He will meet Jurgen Klopp in person early next week for the first time as negotiations over a permanent return to Anfield look to be high on the agenda.
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