Gerrard open to Liverpool loan return

Steven Gerrard has refused to rule out returning to Liverpool on loan once he leaves the club for Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy, ESPN has reported.

Gerrard’s move to California was confirmed on Wednesday with the midfielder signing an 18-month deal, but the MLS schedule means there is the chance the Reds captain could come back to England for a brief loan spell.

The likes of Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan have spent time in the Premier League during the MLS off-season, Henry signing for Arsenal and Donovan twice moving to Everton, and Gerrard confirmed it’s possible he does likewise and heads back to Anfield, although it’s not a topic that has been discussed as yet.

“I’ve not even thought about the possibility of a loan,” Gerrard said. “I’ve not had that conversation with anyone. I can’t rule it out, but I can’t confirm it would happen either.

“The way the season works in the MLS there’s a break around winter time. What I can say us that I’d love to be able to come back and train with the lads to keep my fitness levels up,” he confirmed. “Whether that could lead to playing for the club again I don’t know. That wouldn’t be my decision. You’d have to ask others that question.”

Gerrard is joining former Liverpool teammate Robbie Keane at the Galaxy, the record Republic of Ireland goal scorer having had a short loan spell at Aston Villa in 2012 after moving to Los Angeles in 2011.Keane spent six months on Merseyside, scoring seven goals in 28 games, and has gone to net 68 times in 113 appearances for Galaxy.

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