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Saturday 10 December 2016

No Anfield return for Galaxy star Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard won't return to Liverpool on loan in January, according to Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber.

The Kop legend, who joined LA Galaxy on an 18-month contract in July, is expected to train with Brendan Rodgers' squad once the American season is finished in December.

David Beckham and Thierry Henry both had spells back in Europe when they were contracted to clubs in the States but Garber doesn't expect Gerrard to play competitively for the Reds again.

"I don't think so," said Garber, who was speaking at the Soccerex convention in Manchester.

"And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated.

"It doesn't happen as much as it used to. David knows very well that I was really upset with the big hoopla and the massive commitment we made and then David went and played in Milan. And people in our country said: 'What? He plays for two teams? And you are trying to build a sport.'

"It was a challenge getting people to understand that.

"You then realise if he is playing for the Galaxy and Milan what a great thing that says about your league and that is the unique drama and beauty and idiosyncrasy that exists in football that doesn't exist when you are playing in the NFL or baseball.

"I don't believe we are going to see many more off-season loans happening in our league particularly at what I would call the high-level designated players. It's been a couple of years. I don't remember the last one we have had - Robbie Keane with Villa, Henry with Arsenal... (Landon) Donovan many years ago."

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