Where next for Steven Gerrard after LA run Ends?
November 21, 2016 | Filed Under: Blog
Steven Gerrard has left the life of glamour and sunshine in Los Angeles as his contract has come to an end with LA Galaxy, ending his two-year spell in the Major League Soccer.
Gerrard played his final game for Galaxy in their MLS Cup playoff penalty shootout defeat to Colorado Rapids. The former England international was able to convert his spot-kick. However, his side weren’t able to progress past the Rapids. Now that the latest chapter in Gerrard’s career is up, what’s next for the Liverpool legend?
One option which may be available to the midfielder is to join up with his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic. At the age of 36, Gerrard is past his peak. However, if he feels he still has something to offer on the pitch, the Green Hoops could be a good option for him.
Celtic are currently flying high in the SPL where they top the table ahead of Aberdeen and Rangers respectively. The Glasgow side have a 10-point cushion so look well on course to lift the title at the end of the season where they are 1/200 at Betway.be to win the league. Unfortunately for Gerrard, he was never able to win a league championship with Liverpool, so a move to Celtic may see him end his career with a winner’s medal.
Another option on the pitch for Gerrard is Inter Milan. The Italian club have been linked with a move for the Englishman. The pace of play in Italy is nowhere near as fast as England or Spain therefore the 36-year-old would still be able to knock the ball around the pitch in the centre of midfield.
Gerrard would not be the first Englishman to leave the MLS and join a major club in Europe. When David Beckham left Galaxy at the end of 2012, he signed for French champions PSG on a short-term deal. He played for the Paris club for six months where he helped them lift the Ligue 1 crown before retiring from the game.
Inter Milan are no longer the dominant force they once were in Serie A, however, it would give him the opportunity to play football in one of the other major leagues in Europe before he hangs his boots up for good.
If Gerrard does decide his playing days are over, he could walk straight into management. The MK Dons have been linked with the former Liverpool and LA Galaxy midfielder to take over from Karl Robinson who was sacked by the club last month. The Dons are struggling in League One where they currently sit fourth from bottom at the time of writing after they were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.
Taking the job in Milton Keynes would be a big challenge for Gerrard, however, if he was to get the club winning football matches once again, it would ignite his management career and could lead to bigger things, including the possibility of managing Liverpool in the future.
If Gerrard does not feel he is ready to manage a football club just yet, Jurgen Klopp has hinted a job in his backroom staff would always be available with Liverpool. This would be excellent experience for the Englishman, as he’d be working under one of the best managers in Europe.
Liverpool have started their Premier League campaign well and are very much in the running for the title along with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Gerrard knows the club very well and could have something to offer the players in the dressing room at Anfield.