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Friday 27 May 2016

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard set for final season of football

The ex-Liverpool captain has revealed that he is nearing the 'twilight' years of his career

By Samuel Lovett

Published 27/02/2016

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, left, controls the ball against Santos Laguna defender Nestor Araujo during the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer quarterfinal in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, left, controls the ball against Santos Laguna defender Nestor Araujo during the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer quarterfinal in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the forthcoming season at LA Galaxy could be his last as a professional footballer.

Gerrard made the comment in The Telegraph as he outlined his intent to move into the world of coaching.

The ex-Liverpool man joined MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy on a two-year contract after leaving Liverpool last year.

But Gerrard has admitted he is now “in the twilight of my career”.

He wrote: “Nothing is 100 per cent certain yet, but this season at LA Galaxy could be my last as a professional footballer. I know I’m in the twilight of my career.”

With this in mind, he remarked that he’s already turning to a future in coaching.

“I am starting my UEFA ‘A’ license shortly,” he said. “I was invited to meet the England Under 19 side earlier in the season and further opportunities are planned in future international breaks. It’s something I’m keen to push further.

“The Football Association are proving to be proactive and hugely encouraging in helping former players onto the coaching ladder.”

Although Gerrard believes his time as a player may be up, he has encouraged “anyone finishing up in England in the near future to look to the MLS before seeing the financial possibilities in China..."

The current LA Galaxy man believes that the rise of the Chinese Super League, and its ability to lure some of the big names from Europe, could become “a concern to a lot of leagues around the world – not least the MLS…”

While Gerrard admits that he was attracted to America because of the lifestyle and the competitive nature of the MLS, he suspects that “some players who are thinking of leaving the Premier League who would once have looked to the USA will be looking to China instead.”

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