Steven Gerrard's cryptic Instagram post sparks rumours of a return to Liverpool
Steven Gerrard has sparked rumours of a return to Liverpool after a mysterious Instagram post seemed to indicate his departure from current club, LA Galaxy.
LA Galaxy end their regular season against FC Dallas on Sunday evening and the timing of Gerrard's message has prompted some fans to suggest he is set to leave the MLS side.
"Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege," Gerrard wrote.
"You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you."
Gerrard made his debut for LA Galaxy in July 2015 after he confirmed he would be leaving Liverpool after 17 years of service.
The former Reds captain returned to train with Liverpool at the start of last season but manager Jurgen Klopp ruled out a return for Gerrard in a playing capacity, adding the door always be open to the Anfield legend.
"Stevie has a contract with LA Galaxy, he loves this club and he is a legend and when his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff," said the German in November 2015.
"We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do we will help him but not at this moment - we are in the middle of the season.
"Of course our doors are always open for him, that is clear. But nothing else."
Liverpool fans were quick to suggest the Instagram message meant Gerrard was set to return to his boyhood club.
Steven Gerrard has left LA Galaxy. No news if he is retiring or returning to Liverpool yet.— Dean (@DeanCoombes) October 22, 2016
Steven Gerrard is coming back home.— - (@AnfieldRd96) October 22, 2016
Steven Gerrard's contract with LA Galaxy is set to expire at the end of the MLS season but it is unclear as of yet where the 36-year-old's next destination will be.
Gerrard has reportedly been working on completing his coaching badges and has been linked with a return to Anfield in a coaching capacity.
The former England international had previously urged young English players to play in America in order to develop.
“What I see in England is that players around the age of say 17 to 21 are basically stuck because of the standard of the Premier League,” he said.
“The level is so good and you have to move world-class players out of position to get your breakthrough. Players seem to drop down levels in England, some you never hear about and some bounce back. This [the MLS] is a good environment and level for European kids to come and play regularly, test themselves, because it is a very fit level.”