Jurgen Klopp says Steven Gerrard is “always welcome” at Liverpool, after the LA Galaxy midfielder hinted that he would retire at the end of the season.
Galaxy have already booked their place in the playoffs this season after wrapping up the regular season with a tame 0-0 draw at home to FC Dallas, with Gerrard set to feature prominently for his side in the post-season.
However, the 36-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this season and the farewell nature of his recent Instagram post has lead most to believe he will hang his boots up come the end of the playoffs.
Gerrard’s name will be synonymously linked with his boyhood team, whom Klopp today admitted could be set for a reunion with their former captain sooner rather than later.
“Steven Gerrard is always so welcome at Liverpool FC,” Klopp said.
“You cannot imagine how welcome. So, absolutely no problem. But everything that we have already or will speak to each other stays in this talk.
“That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. But nobody should worry that we have no space for Steven Gerrard. No – everything will be fine, 100 per cent.”
If he does make an emotional return to Anfield, Gerrard is expected to come back in a coaching capacity as opposed to as a playing role.
Gerrard kicks off his second and most likely final shot at the playoffs tomorrow evening when he side come up against Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center for a place in the Western Conference semi-finals.