London – Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be welcomed back to the club but he will not be returning as a player, manager Juergen Klopp said.
U.K. media reports had suggested that the 35-year-old could return from LA Galaxy and even wear the Liverpool shirt once more.
Klopp said he’d spoken to Gerrard but that any thoughts of him playing for Liverpool again were wide off the mark.
“I can say I have had contact with Stevie,’’ he told a press conference on Wednesday night. “We’ve had one phone call and a few messages.
“Of course, I said the door is always open. Stevie is a legend and it’s clear that if he is here in Liverpool and is young enough and healthy enough to want to train for the next season in LA, then absolutely no problem.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“That’s clear, but nothing else. He didn’t ask and I don’t have to think about this. He is an LFC legend and our doors are always open.’’
The Guardian said that Gerrard, who is in England because the U.S., season has finished, could well return to the club in another role.
“When his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff,” the Guardian reported him as saying.
“We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do, we will help him, but not at this moment – we are in the middle of the season.’’ (dpa/NAN)