Steven Gerrard could be offered the chance to return to Liverpool following extensive discussions with new manager Jurgen Klopp, according to the Independent.
Since taking charge at Anfield last month, Klopp has spoken to Gerrard several times on the phone and is now convinced the former captain's presence at Melwood can invigorate his squad.
Klopp is keen to instill a high standard of professionalism and commitment; characteristics that defined Gerrard's career.
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The German manager has debated the possibility of bringing Gerrard back on a temporary basis, but there is a strong sense that the Reds will attempt to agree some form of arrangement with Gerrard's team LA Galaxy.
It may prove too complicated, however. Gerrard is due back in the US on January 15 for pre-season and LA Galaxy are not receptive to the idea of allowing the midfielder to risk himself in a physical Premier League match.
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Their approach has changed since the days of David Beckham, who was twice allowed to join AC Milan on loan during his time in California.
Missing life in England
Gerrard is set to return to England in the very near future, according to the same report, and will request advice from his close confidants to see if getting involved with Liverpool is appropriate, even if it means just training with the first-team.
One of the most important claims in this story is that Gerrard still believes he can perform in the Premier League and, despite enjoying the lifestyle in Los Angeles, is missing his hometown on Merseyside.
The 35-year-old will attend Liverpool's match against Crystal Palace on Sunday and is set to meet Klopp face to face. Hands up if you want to be invited into that conversation.
Amazingly, some fans aren't keen on seeing Gerrard return in a playing capacity. We could barely find one Twitter user who is excited about seeing the former England international back in a Liverpool shirt.
Do you want Steven Gerrard back playing for Liverpool, just in a training capacity or not at all? Give us YOUR comments below!
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