The LA Galaxy confirmed yesterday that Steven Gerrard, who is now 36, will indeed leave the MLS club when his contract runs out at the end of the year.
The former Liverpool and England captain only joined the Galaxy 17 months ago and they made the play-offs in both seasons, although that’s no big deal for a club like Galaxy.
It seems that Steven has a number of career options to consider – and he has still not made a firm decision on whether to keep playing or retire from football.
Steven Gerrard in Instagram shot overlooking the LA lights
He could enter the media or take up a coaching role at some club and one option is to rejoin his former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
This is what Steven has said:
“Although I am going back to England to live, it is certainly not the end of me in football terms.”
“I’ve got a lot of things to consider over the coming weeks and months, and I’m sure I’ll be back involved in the game.”
“I’ve got options on the pitch, off the pitch. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the next two or three weeks.”
“I’m not ready to make a decision or finalize anything that I’m going to be doing moving forward.”
“What I will say is that I’m going home to spend some time with my family and basically go over my options and decide what the best next challenge is for me.”
Liverpool would seem a likely destination for Gerrard and Jurgen Klopp hasalready indicated he would be only too glad to give the 36-year-old the assistance he needs.
However, any coaching role Jurgen would offer would likely be with the Liverpool Academy and Steven may want a coaching role with the first team.
The odds at Betway on which club he will join:
Celtic – 13/8
Liverpool – 6/1
Newcastle United – 7/1
Any Other MLS Team – 10/1
Crystal Palace – 12/1
Any Chinese Team – 16/1
Leicester City – 20/1
This is the betting on SkyBet for which club he will join.
Any Chinese Club 12/1
Manchester United 40/1
It may even be early next year that Steven will make a final decision on his future as it seems he wants to think it over as he spends time with his family.
Our view is he will move into the media.
What do you think?