Steven Gerrard’s decision to call time on his Los Angeles Galaxy career has cast further question on his ability to carry on as a footballer. Now, at the age of 36, he stands at a crossroads.
His time in L.A can be considered reasonably successful. Although he expressed a disappointment at failing to win the MLS Cup with Galaxy, he nonetheless helped them to the semi-finals with 5 goals in 34 appearances since joining in 2015.
Since David Beckham moved to Galaxy in 2007, it has triggered a worldwide marketability in Stateside football, which has seen icons like Kaka, Didier Drogba, David Villa and Ashley Cole move there, notably during the twilight period of their careers.
Gerrard, having now ended his Galaxy career, must now make the decision of whether to remain a player, or switch to a coaching role. He is known to be undergoing his UEFA coaching licence, with Jurgen Klopp’s declaration that the Liverpool legend is “always welcome at the club” an indication Gerrard may begin his coaching career back at Anfield, in some capacity.
On the other hand, speculation has arisen that Gerrard may return to the UK as a player. Newcastle and Celtic are rumoured to be interested in the midfielder, who is currently the only player to score in Champions League, UEFA Cup, League Cup and F.A Cup finals. This appears to be the less likely of the two. Gerrard, as a full blooded Liverpudlian, may not consider pulling on a shirt of any other British team than his beloved Reds. And at the age of 36, may struggle to readapt to the pace and brutality of the British game, having seen a lighter side of it across the Atlantic.
Therefore, it would seem he is bound for coaching. Under Klopp, he is likely to gain no finer tutelage, but having only recently moved his family to the States, where he indicated they had settled in quickly, is he likely to uproot them again?
Questions will continue to be fired at the soon-to-be free agent, but where he goes from here is, quite honestly, anybody’s guess.