LA Galaxy and former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the 2016 MLS season may be his last as a professional football player.
Gerrard joined the Los Angeles outfit last summer after making 710 appearances for Liverpool. After marking his MLS debut with a goal, Gerrard’s season ultimately ended in disappointment after the Galaxy were knocked out of the play-offs by Seattle Sounders last week.
“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year,” Gerrard said on Galaxy’s website.
“I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season and I only came here for the last four months, but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year.”
Steven Gerrard Hints at 2016 Retirement
Gerrard, who is due back for pre-season training in January, admitted playing in America was a learning curve.
“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of.
“Every away game has a different challenge.
“At home, we’ve got no problems because we’re very strong and we play well. We’ll always win more than we lose.”
Should Gerrard choose to retire next year, it will bring down the curtain on a glittering playing career, which saw him win the FA Cup, League Cup and the Champions League.
The combative midfielder scored 186 times for the Red’s over a 17 year period, and is regarded by many as one of his generation’s greatest ever players.