Steven Gerrard has played down the chances of him joining a European team on loan after admitting he has “nothing to prove” by leaving LA Galaxy on a temporary deal.
The former Liverpool captain had been linked with a return to Anfield and has met with Jurgen Klopp since flying back to England after the Galaxy’s MLS season was ended at the play-offs stage.
But Klopp has dismissed the notion of Gerrard coming back to Merseyside on loan, and the former England midfielder has now completely ruled out a temporary stint anywhere.
“I’ve retired from the national team so I don’t have to go and prove myself in Europe,” Gerrard told Eurosport International.
“I need to get some rest because I’ve got a very long season ahead next year, so it’s very important I come back strong, rested and ready to go again.”
Gerrard departed the Premier League at the end of last season without a title-winner’s medal, having being a runner-up on three occasions, most notably in 2013-14 when Brendan Rodgers’ side was pipped by Manchester City.
Despite winning every other trophy with Liverpool, Gerrard admits that whatever he achieves in Los Angeles will not make up for not winning the Premier League with his boyhood club.
“I think it’d be fantastic to win the league over here but it certainly wouldn’t make amends for finishing second three times,” Gerrard said.
“They were very frustrating and disappointing moments and experiences I’ll never forget. But certainly the plan and the target for me, and the dream, is to try and become champion in the USA.
“I have to look at myself and the team and take responsibility for not being a champion in England, but of course the Premier League is very difficult, because every year two people – Mr Abramovich and the Sheikh at Manchester City – they pile in fortunes of money every single year so for clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal it becomes much more difficult.
“I think it is more level here, and more balanced. I’m not complaining, it’s the rules. It’s just the way it is.”