Thursday 27 October 2016

No Kop out, but I'll return to Liverpool some day, Gerrard tells LA fans

Published 09/05/2016 | 04:16

Steven Gerrard told US fans he enjoys going 'unnoticed' in LA
Steven Gerrard told US fans he enjoys going 'unnoticed' in LA

Footballer Steven Gerrard says he is enjoying going "unnoticed" in Los Angeles, but plans to return to Liverpool "sooner rather than later".

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The former England captain joined LA Galaxy in 2015 after a distinguished 17-year stint with his home town club, Liverpool FC, where he achieved Champions League glory in 2005.

Gerrard, 35, said he and his family were "happy " living in California, but admitted he missed friends and family in the UK as well as attending games at Anfield.

Speaking at a fans' question and answer session at LA Galaxy's stadium, he said: "I will be going home at some point. I don't want to start any unnecessary rumours. I'm really happy where I am at the moment. But I'm sure somewhere down the line I will represent Liverpool football club.

"I miss my friends and my family. I miss a bit of cold weather.

"I miss going to the games. I spent 35 years in Liverpool. Liverpool's my home, it always will be. This is my second home for a short period of time.

"Sooner rather than later I will return to where I'm comfortable with my people and that's Liverpool."

Gerrard said his wife Alex and their three daughters, Lilly-Ella, Lexie and Lourdes, were "enjoying a different life experience" in LA and he believed Major League Soccer in America would compete with some of Europe's top divisions within the next 20 years.

He added: "Obviously the city's a fantastic city for myself and my family, the climate, there's plenty to do. I'm pretty much unnoticed as well, which is a bonus.

"The people across this country are passionate about soccer. Because of the sheer size of this country, there's going to be no stopping the MLS. It's going to keep growing rapidly.

"I'm getting on a little bit now so eventually we'll move back and settle in Liverpool."

After the Q and A, Gerrard, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest person killed in the Hillsborough disaster, declined to speak about the conclusion of the inquest into the deaths of the 96 victims.

An inquest jury ruled last month that the victims were unlawfully killed and that blunders by the police and ambulance service on the day "caused or contributed to" Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Following the conclusion of the inquest, Gerrard shared an image on Instagram of the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield with the caption "JFT96 #YNWA". He also wore a black armband during an LA Galaxy game on April 15 to mark the 27th anniversary of the tragedy.

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