Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said that he hopes next weekend’s trip to Stoke City will be his final game ever as a Reds player.
The 34-year-old midfielder, who has made over 500 senior appearances for his boyhood club, said an emotional farewell to Anfield on Saturday night, after playing what could be his last match at the famous Merseyside stadium.
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Gerrard has agreed to move to LA Galaxy at the end of season, ending his 28-year stay with the club he joined as a young child.
They have been rumours that Gerrard could return to Liverpool on a short-term loan during the MLS off-season next winter, but says he will only come back in an emergency.
Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after Liverpool’s 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, Gerrard said: “I wanted to say goodbye in a proper way – the only way I’d ever come back would be an emergency situation, but I hope I’m not needed come the winter.”
Asked about the possibility of managing the club one day, he added: “You have to be good enough. This is a big club and can be brutal at times. I’m trying to go through the coaching badges and it’s a bridge I will cross in a couple of years.”