Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gerrard looks to future as American dream ends

Chris Bascombe

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Steven Gerrard: Considers future. Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images
Steven Gerrard: Considers future. Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images

Steven Gerrard has parted company with LA Galaxy and the former Liverpool and England captain is now considering whether to prolong his playing career.

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The 36-year-old has been taking his coaching badges in preparation for life off the pitch but indicated yesterday that he wanted to take some time to ponder his options.

"When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup," said Gerrard, who played in the Galaxy side eliminated in the Western Conference semi-finals by Colorado Rapids earlier this month.

"I am disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished.

"I am now looking forward to spending more time with my family as I consider the next stage of my career."

Gerrard moved to the United States at the end of his last Liverpool contract 18 months ago, becoming the latest high-profile English player to try his luck in the MLS.

Read more: Celtic, Liverpool, punditry? - What next for Steven Gerrard after Liverpool exit?

He scored five goals in 34 appearances for the club, but never made the sort of impact the club were hoping for.

It was always Gerrard's intention to return home after his spell in the US.

Liverpool have been assisting him as he continues his UEFA coaching courses and he is a regular visitor to the club's academy.

Coaching the club's next generation is a possible career path if he so chooses. However, it would be premature to suggest the player or club have reached any decisions about a role - either in the short or long term. © Daily Telegraph, London.

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