Steven Gerrard has hinted he could make a sensational return to English football, with his contract at the Los Angeles Galaxy set to expire next month.
The former Liverpool and England midfielder’s contract with the MLS side expires in November and he is still awaiting formal talks on his future.
That means the iconic midfielder, 36, could be a free agent, once Galaxy’s progress in the MLS play-offs is decided.
Gerrard, who has also instructed the critics to lay off Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, said: “I’m wondering whether I should play on for a little bit longer or whether I should call it a day. I haven’t 100 per cent decided on that yet.
“I still enjoy playing. I still love coming into training, I still love competing, so if I can carry on and there are opportunities to stay here or go somewhere else for another six months or 12 months then I’ll consider it.
“But if nothing comes up I’ll try and fly through the coaching badges and see what happens down that road.”
Gerrard a player-manager?
Gerrard’s availability will be attractive to a posse of English clubs – with some considering him as a potential player-manager.
With his family splitting their time between California and Merseyside, a tempting opportunity to return permanently would leave him with a huge decision.
Gerrard added: “I’m around 60 percent through my A licence and I’m hoping to have that finished by the end of the year so we’ll go from there.
“Maybe it’s an obsession but I still love playing. I’m going to be a long time retired and so I still want to enjoy things while I’m still feeling good.”
Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp has had a number of meaningful discussions with Gerrard and a player-coaching role could be a possibility while a number of Championship clubs would jump at the chance of having one of the greatest ever midfield stars in their ranks.