Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has left the door open for Steven Gerrard to return on loan once he moves to LA Galaxy.
Gerrard, who will end his 25-year-long association with his boyhood club this summer when he departs for a new challenge in Major League Soccer.
Principal owner John Henry and manager Brendan Rodgers have both said there will always be a role for the midfielder at the club whenever he decides to return from America.
When asked if that could mean a return on loan next January, Ayre said.
“It’s conceivable. It happens a lot in MLS, and it’s something we talked to Steven and his representatives about.”
“I’ve said openly to Steven and his representatives, as have Brendan and the owners, that we see Steven as part of the family. The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool.” he added.
Last week Rodgers drew a line under the debate over Gerrard’s contract after the player said he would have signed a new deal had it been offered last summer.
Liverpool’s approach did not arrive until November, by which time Gerrard was already considering other options having been told by Rodgers his playing time would be managed as the oldest member of the squad.
Ayre insists the timing of a “substantial” contract offer would not have made a difference. He said that they put a substantial offer to Steven to stay, which was of course very respectful.