23 Oct Gerrard’s farewell
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stressed Steven Gerrard is “always welcome” at the club after the midfielder posted a possible farewell message to the Los Angeles Galaxy online.
Gerrard’s contract with the Californian franchise will end after the current Major League Soccer season – in which the Galaxy are bound for the play-offs.
A message on the 36-year-old’s official Instagram account, posted ahead of the Galaxy’s fan appreciation night on Saturday, said: “Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege.
“You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you #8”
Later in the day Klopp was quizzed about that in his post-match press conference following Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Brom at Anfield.
Klopp said: “Steven Gerrard is always so welcome at Liverpool FC.
“You cannot imagine how welcome. So, absolutely no problem.
“But everything that we have already or will speak to each other stays in this talk.
“That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. But nobody should worry that we have no space for Steven Gerrard. No – everything will be fine, 100 per cent.”
Ex-England captain Gerrard made the move to Los Angeles in 2015 from Liverpool having played 710 times for the Merseyside club and skippered them to Champions League glory in 2005.
He also won the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup twice and the League Cup three times with the Reds after coming through their youth system.