There had been a dream of Liverpool fans. A dream that ex-captain and legend, Steven Gerrard, etched in folklore for his role in Istanbul in 2005, would play for Liverpool once more in the MLS off-season.
Gerrard, so long the cornerstone of this great club, had not ruled out the possibility either. It was believed that perhaps, a deal might be struck to enable Gerrard to return to Anfield in the MLS off-season.
Of course, the Liverpool legend now plies his trade at LA Galaxy, having called time on his Anfield career at the end of last season. Now, though, his hopes of returning to Liverpool have been dashed by MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, who frowned when asked of the possibility and replied, I don't think so.
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Garber expressed his surprise at the contemplated move according to the Daily Mail. He said: "I don't think so and I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated".
He cited the "hoopla" that surrounded David Beckham's off-season move to Milan and admitted that "it doesn’t happen as much as it used to".
Garber caught the mood of the nation, explaining that 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."
It simply seems to be more trouble than it's worth to Garber to negotiate an off-season move for Gerrard. This will come as a disappointment to English fans, but will delight Americans, who are only now seeing the impact the star can bring. He has adapted well to life in Los Angeles and has seemed to be enjoying his football.
The truth is fans at home will just have to get used to seeing Gerrard on foreign soil and in the white of Galaxy.