Steven Gerrard admits he’s “still hurting” after LA Galaxy failed to secure qualification for the MLS Cup play-offs.
The Liverpool legend was trolled by football fans on Twitter - check that out in more detail HERE - after the 3-2 defeat to Seattle Sounders earlier this week meant he would be denied the chance to win a first league title of his career.
But after receiving messages of stick, as well as support from the Liverpool and LA Galaxy fans, Gerrard took to Instagram on Thursday night to sum up his feelings.
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“Still hurting from the game last night and exiting the play offs,” the all-action midfielder posted. “We all have to learn from our mistakes, improve and do better next season. We win/lose/draw together. Now it's time as a club to stick together and get ready to be better next year and fight for more titles.
“Thank you to the galaxy fans for all the great support. Also to my loyal team mates and staff who have made me feel welcome and helped me with all the new challenges of MLS soccer. I will be better for this experience.”
LA Galaxy have underachieved this season
Gerrard joined LA Galaxy not only for the experience of playing in a foreign player - and, indeed, away from Anfield for the first time - but also to land his hands on silverware.
With the likes of Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos at their disposal, LA Galaxy’s failure to qualify for the play-offs has been a surprise.
But Gerrard, who has been through so much disappointment as a footballer over the past couple of years, is determined to bounce back stronger next season.
Some Liverpool fans want Gerrard back on loan
There are some Liverpool supporters, meanwhile, who would love to see Gerrard back at Anfield on a temporary loan deal in January - much like Thierry Henry’s temporary move back to Arsenal in 2012.
But whether Jurgen Klopp would be prepared to bring the 35-year-old back to Merseyside is currently unclear.
Liverpool fans: would you be happy to see Steven Gerrard back at Anfield on loan in the New Year? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!