Steven Gerrard officially announced this week that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the Premier League season before embarking on a new career in the US, with MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.
Although this season will mark Gerrard's last season in the Premier League, there is always the possibility of any player going to the MLS returning to play in Europe in a loan move, just like David Beckham did while he was playing for the Galaxy.
However, the likeliness of that happening in Gerrard's case is slim, with Galaxy President Chris Klein revealing today that Gerrard and the Galaxy have "never discussed" the possibility of Gerrard going out on-loan.
Huge boost for MLS
Frank Lampard signed for New York City FC in the summer before joining Manchester City on a short-term deal, but Gerrard won't be following the example of his former England teammate.
"Gerrard's focus will be LA Galaxy," Klein told BBC Radio 5 live.
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Lampard's latest decision to extend his stay at Manchester City and not join NYCFC this month has not gone down well in the States, but former Liverpool defender and MLS head coach Steve Nicol says that Gerrard's signing, on the other hand, is a huge boost for the league.
"It is on a par with Thierry Henry and David Beckham," Nicol told BBC Sport. "Gerrard is a world superstar, it can't be any better for the league.
"He is in a position where his football is world-class. His touch, vision and control and what he will do for the football team is incredible."
Won't make same mistakes as Beckham
David Beckham caused a lot of controversy amongst Galaxy fans when he kept going out on loan to Europe clubs towards the end of his time in LA.
Beckham was hated so much amongst the fans there that he was booed during several home games in the latter stages of his career in California.
However, this news for LA fans regarding Gerrard will give them a source of comfort. And from what it sounds like, Gerrard is hell bent on making a permanent home in LA a priority.
Will Gerrard make LA better?
While Gerrard's signing is great for the league and will no doubt improve the Galaxy, it does represent a headache for Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
LA won the MLS title last season with an established central midfield pairing of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho, but halfway through the next campaign they will have to carve that combination up.
While Gerrard is a better player than both of those combined, it may take sometime for the Galaxy to regain the level of cohesion they currently possess in their locker in that department of the field.
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