According to reports, Steven Gerrard has stated that he will bid adieu to football at the end of the 2016 MLS season.
“I’m not 100 percent sure but I think it will probably be my last year as a player.” He said, via The Telegraph.
This news doesn’t come as a surprise as the 35-year-old’s form has dipped significantly over the last few seasons. He struggled with Liverpool and his first impression at Los Angeles was far from convincing.
During the lengthy MLS offseason, Gerrard has been training with his old club under new manager Jurgen Klopp. And it seems that both respected footballing minds have had a conversation about Gerrard’s post-retirement moves.
“I have had a chat with Klopp. I haven’t had an offer as such, but the club have let me know they are keen for me to come back but there hasn’t been a conversation where they have said: ‘We want you to do this, we want you to do that,’” he said. “I was a big fan of Klopp before he came but having been around him and seeing how he is with individual players and tactics you can get excited.”
Gerrard passionately stated that experienced players should be shown more respect at the end of their career.
“They should be getting offers they cannot refuse. If a player has got 100 caps and 700 club games how can a club and the FA just let them go? They have so much to offer.
“A lot of clubs don’t let it happen – they don’t let players like that go. You see it at Manchester United with Ryan Giggs, Barcelona with Pep Guardiola, they say when you finish here, this will happen.”
He regrets not doing more during his younger days.
“I have regrets I didn’t start my coaching badges at 21-22. All that time wasted in hotels as an England player when I’ve been bored and was watching ‘The Office’ and ‘The Sopranos,’” he said. “I wish I’d done my CBA (coaching) license then so I’d be doing my pro-license now. I know many players get to the end of their careers, get handed a thick C license pack and say, ‘Nah, I’m not doing that.’ That’s 70/80 caps and 600 career appearances and he is just going nah. He could have had it done.”
Even though the MLS season hasn’t started, the former Liverpool and England captain is already preparing for the end of the season.
“I am basically available from November, December 2016. Everyone in the football world will know I am available and hopefully I will be 75 per cent into my coaching badges.
“I’ve dreams and aspirations of going into coaching and management but at the moment I’m nowhere near ready for management. When you start your coaching badges you realize pretty sharp it’s different. You’re in control of 25 men with different egos.”
Before calling it a career, Gerrard will try to return the Galaxy to glory after the crashed out of the playoffs last season. LA starts their MLS campaign on March 6 against D.C. United.
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