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MLS: So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, Steven Gerrard

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 30: Steven Gerrard #8 of Los Angeles Galaxy, left, looks on from the bench area during the second half of leg one of the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoff Western Conference Semfinal between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on October 30, 2016 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Rapids 1-0 in leg one of the two game playoff Western Conference Semifinal series. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

It’s the end of an era for a number of players in Major League Soccer. Frank Lampard has chosen to leave New York City FC after two years of service. And Steven Gerrard is also exiting the LA Galaxy after the possibility of being successful was marred by injury and an overall lack of form with the organizations. We hinted that he could be continuing on with Melbourne Victory earlier this month but what about his other options?

He could be going into broadcasting. Accustomed to public speaking, Gerrard is capable of proving himself on Sky Sports, BT Sports, the BBC, and elsewhere as a pundit. At Liverpool, the club where Gerrard became a name for himself and the club that he is forever associated with, he can work on becoming a manager while being schooled under the brilliant mind that is Jurgen Klopp. Gerrard would be managing one of the youth sides in this case to start.

If Liverpool isn’t where Gerrard would start his managerial work, he could begin his career in a different club in England if there are differences with Klopp’s style of managing the Reds. In any case, experience matters, and the first few jobs of coaching non-League sides will give him extra motivation to move up the ladder and eventually manage Liverpool. Gerrard could also become the Reds’ club ambassador or end up joining a concert tour, such as that of Phil Collins’, although the latter is certainly a stretch.

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“I’m wondering whether I should play on for a little bit longer or whether I should call it a day. I haven’t 100 per cent decided on that yet,” said Gerrard. “I still enjoy playing. I still love coming into training, I still love competing, so if I can carry on and there are opportunities to stay here or go somewhere else for another six months or 12 months then I’ll consider it. But if nothing comes up I’ll try and fly through the coaching badges and see what happens down that road.”

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The point here is that the journey doesn’t end at LA for Steven Gerrard. He is a servant to the game and a servant to his city and the likely choice is to develop a coaching style with Klopp’s tactics and gameplan as a foundation. From this, he can move on to managing non-League sides and moving up. But then again, we’re not Steven Gerrard and only Steven Gerrard knows what Steven Gerrard wants.

So long and thanks for all the fish, Stevie G. You will be missed.

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