It was never really on the cards, but any romantic notion of Steven Gerrard returning to Liverpool on loan in January has been dismissed by MLS chief Don Garber – who thinks the image of the competition is ruined if its best players head back to Europe in the winter.
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Our legendary former skipper left us in the summer on the expiration of his contract to join LA Galaxy, who currently top the Western Conference.
“I don’t think so,” said Garber when asked, speaking at the Soccerex convention in Manchester, reported in the Echo.
“And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated.
“It doesn’t happen as much as it used to. David knows very well that I was really upset with the big hoopla and the massive commitment we made and then David went and played in Milan.
“And people in our country said: ‘What? He plays for two teams? And you are trying to build a sport.’
“It was a challenge getting people to understand that.”
Beckham enjoyed loan spells at both AC Milan and PSG while contracted to the Galaxy, but it appears the concept confused our friends in America – who now also get to see the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, David Villa and Didier Drogba week in week out.
Gerrard’s enjoying his time in America, scoring once so far in three MLS appearances – as his side look to secure another championship after finishing as runners-up in 2014.
In his stead, Jordan Henderson has taken the full-time captaincy, although James Milner’s worn the armband for the past two games. Hopefully the former will available to lead us out at Old Trafford on Saturday, as we’ll need his energy, passion and drive.
Memorably, Gerrard’s last appearance against our bitter enemy lasted less than a minute, as he was red-carded just seconds after being brought on as a substitute at Anfield in March.