10 Nov 2015

'World-Class' legend to Anfield? After 'contact' with Klopp, boss confirms Liverpool transfer is unlikely

Last week, Jurgen Klopp appeared to rule out a player return to Anfield for 'world-class' Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, and according to LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, there's no chance of Gerrard securing a loan move to Anfield over the winter.

Last Tuesday, The Independent claimed:

"Steven Gerrard is in line for a return to Liverpool. J├╝rgen Klopp is convinced that [he] can help define the standards of professionalism. There is [also] a chance of a playing agreement".

Three days later, Klopp told reporters:

"I've had contact with Stevie. He didn't ask [about playing]. If he wants to train that is absolutely no problem. He is an LFC legend and our doors are always open".

The issue appears to be moot anyway, as Arena has ruled out an Anfield return. When asked about the possibility of Gerrard playing for Liverpool again, he barked:

“I don’t believe it [the story] is accurate. There’s not any truth to any of this. It’s ridiculous.”

Unsurprisingly, however, Liverpool fans want Gerrard to return. Last week, I conducted a poll on the site last asking fans if Klopp should bring the former captain back on loan. The results:

I expected a more emphatic result in Gerrard's favour, but it's clear that the majority of fans (myself included) still want him to return.

Gerrard - who earns £75k-a-week at LA Galaxy - only left Anfield a few months ago, and his shadow still looms large over the club (and I'm sure Gerrard is astute enough to know this).

However, consider this: Gary McAllister arrived at Liverpool at the age of 35 (Gerard's age now), and after two memorable years at the club, he left with five winner's medals, and helped the Reds finish 2nd in the league.

If McAllister can do it, so can Gerrard, who is arguably the superior player.

Author: Jaimie K


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