Liverpool would welcome Gerrard loan return, Ayre confirms

Liverpool managing director Iain Ayre has confirmed the club would welcome back captain Steven Gerrard after he leaves the club for MLS side LA Galaxy, ESPN has reported.

Gerrard has already confirmed this will be his last season at Anfield and will move to the United States when his contract expires in the summer. Ayre has told CityTalk that the Reds would be amenable to Gerrard making a temporary return in the manner of Landon Donovan’s loan from the Galaxy to Everton in 2010 and 2012.

“It’s conceivable. It happens a lot in MLS, and it’s something we talked to Steven and his representatives about,” Ayre said. “I’ve said openly to Steven and his representatives, as have Brendan and the owners, that we see Steven as part of the family. The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool.

“What that means, the details aren’t known yet, but we will keep a regular dialogue with him and I hope we will see him here again in the long term,” he continued. “You can’t have someone who has so much of the club’s DNA in them and just expect that it will go away.”

Gerrard made his senior debut for Liverpool in the 1998-99 season, ascending to the captaincy in 2003, having been vice-captain under Finland international defender Sami Hyypia. The 34-year-old has to date played 697 times for the club, scoring 182 goals, and winning the Champions League in 2005, the FA Cup in 2001 and 2006 and three times finishing as a Premier League runner-up, in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

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