Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has opened up about the possibility of Steven Gerrard returning to Liverpool on loan.
Gerrard will end his spell at the Anfield club, which has spanned over 25 years, to join MLS outfit, LA Galaxy.
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However, he could be wearing the Liverpool jersey as early as next year. In an interview with Liverpool based radio station, City Talk, Ayre described the prospect of Steven Gerrard returning to the club on loan as "conceivable."
He then went on to say: "It happens a lot in MLS and it’s something we talked to Steven and his representatives about.
"The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool. What that means, the details aren’t known yet, but we will keep a regular dialogue with him and I hope we will see him here again in the long term.”
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"The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool. What that means, the details aren’t known yet, but we will keep a regular dialogue with him and I hope we will see him here again in the long term"
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Brendan Rodgers has said that there will always be a place for Gerrard no matter what. Those words have been echoed by owner, John W Henry. This is despite them both pondering over whether to offer the 34-year-old a new contract. The offer came in November but by then it was too late.
Rodgers told Gerrard earlier in the season that he will be managing his playing time due to his age and he has subsequently only started 25 of Liverpool's 31 games so far this season.
That also culminated him in being left on the bench for arguably Liverpool's biggest game of the season, the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Gerrard has said he would have happily signed a new deal had it been offered to him in the summer. Ayre believes that wouldn't have made a difference. He said: “Let’s assume that we’d made that offer and that he’d signed it. I think we’d still be in the same position today.
“Just like any player, at any club, if he all of a sudden isn’t playing every week, they maybe start to think: ‘Maybe this isn’t the place for me now’.
Gerrard has scored 182 goals in 697 appearances for Liverpool and has been club captain since 2003.