A few months ago, Steven Gerrard seemed set for retirement and a potential return to Liverpool to take on a coaching role with the academy. Now, it appears any move into coaching will have to be put on hold, as word out of Los Angeles is that Gerrard isn’t ready to give up playing just yet.
Gerrard’s days with the LA Galaxy are done—the MLS side failed to advance in the championship playoffs over the weekend, ending their season, and his contract expires in December—but ESPN claim that sources close to the player have advised them he won’t be hanging up his boots.
A return to Liverpool in a playing capacity has been all but ruled out. Jürgen Klopp has shown no sign that he would be interested in bringing Gerrard in in January and potentially upsetting the balance of a young squad challenging for the Premier League title by reintroducing the former captain to it.
And Gerrard, for his part, is not believed to be willing to join a side that would be competing with Liverpool. That would seem to leave only continental options according to ESPN, with a move to France or Italy floated as a possibility. However, earlier reports raised a potentially more intriguing option.
When it first surfaced that Gerrard might be considering extending his career, one possible destination brought up was Celtic. A reunion with Brendan Rodgers and a chance to win the Scottish Premier League—Celtic currently sit a comfortable ten points clear—could well be an appealing option.
Over the summer, Gerrard was set to retire. A month ago, he appeared to be reconsidering. Now, it appears that continuing his playing career is the more likely option. Where he does end up next isn’t known, but that Liverpool are not a realistic option remains a consistent in any talk of his future.