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Steven Gerrard Unlikely to Return to Liverpool in January per Report

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Liverpool’s former captain won’t be coming home—but he could be set to reunite with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

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Steven Gerrard’s spell in MLS could end this week with the player stuck to the bench and LA Galaxy heading to Colorado up by just a goal in their semi-final playoff series. There is speculation it could also be the end of his career, and in recent months the question of what comes next has frequently been raised.

Most often, the expectation has been that Gerrard would look to start his career in coaching, possibly working at Liverpool at the Academy level to get his feet wet. According to the Independent, though, an immediate return to Liverpool is unlikely—as is remaining in MLS as a player, either at LA or elsewhere.

One new possibility they float for Gerrard would be a January switch to Celtic, where he could reunite with Brendan Rodgers. The Scottish side are currently dominating domestically, up nine points on Rangers and with a game in hand a quarter of the way through the season and with a +23 goal differential.

The next best goal differential in the Scottish Premiership stands at +7. Rodgers has quietly been rehabilitating his career following a disappointing end to life at Liverpool, and the suggestion is that Gerrard could similarly move to Scotland for his own rehabilitation and a more positive and fitting end to his playing career.

He would have to take a pay cut to join Celtic, but if there are no better options out there and he doesn’t wish to retire on a sour note—which the Independent believe there aren’t and he doesn’t respectively—it could be the player’s best option given there appears to be no growing clamour for his services.