Steven Gerrard has reportedly rejected the chance to become the next manager of League One side MK Dons. After leaving LA Galaxy, Gerrard was linked with a potential reunion with a former Liverpool manager at either Celtic FC or Newcastle United. The bigger news, though, was the offer to start his managerial career in England's third tier as Karl Robinson's successor.
Recent reports indicated that Gerrard was likely to turn down a direct route into management as he continues to weigh up his options. The 36-year-old is a legend at Liverpool and could make an emotional return to the coaching set-up under Jürgen Klopp. As a former England and Liverpool captain, being involved at both domestic and international level in a coaching capacity should appeal to Gerrard.
The Daily Mirror's David Maddock suggested, however, that formal talks with Klopp may take place over the festive period with Liverpool fighting at the top of the table. Informal discussions could take place with the club, presumably to ascertain both parties' priorities and expectations. Gareth Southgate is almost certain to be confirmed as England manager, and Gerrard could be part of a new coaching structure alongside Frank Lampard.
These are all possibilities, but what's also interesting is the lack of talk surrounding Gerrard extending his playing career. Maybe LA Galaxy was the spell in the sunshine before returning back home to his boyhood club.