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Liverpool legend Gerrard could hang up his boots next year

Gerrard could call time on his playing career. Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard says the forthcoming Major League Soccer season could well be his last before a move into coaching.

The former England captain, 35, has hailed the assistance afforded to him and other Three Lions stars of the recent past by the Football Association in preparing for a career in coaching.

Gerrard, who is set to line up for Los Angeles Galaxy against DC United in their season-opener on Sunday, March 6, wrote in his Daily Telegraph column: "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. I am starting my UEFA A licence shortly and the Football Association are proving to be proactive and hugely encouraging in helping former players onto the coaching ladder.

"I was invited to meet the England Under-19 side earlier in the season and further opportunities are planned in future international breaks. I know players like Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher have received similar invitations. It's something I'm keen to push further."

Gerrard wanted Spurs midfielder to replace him at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he wanted Dele Alli to replace him at Liverpool.

Gerrard left the Reds this summer to join LA Galaxy and has singled out Spurs and England midfielder Alli as the man he wanted to step into his shoes at Anfield.

Gerrard wanted Liverpool to sign Alli. Credit: PA

"He looks ahead of me as far as England games and appearances are concerned," Gerrard told BT Sport.

"He's got more experience because he came through at MK Dons which has helped him progress and make the impact he has done at Tottenham.

"I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn't sign him. I thought he was certainly a player Liverpool might've tried to go for, especially with me coming to the end.

"He's certainly a player that could play for Liverpool for 15 years, he's got that ability."

Gerrard confirms Liverpool return to work with Klopp

Gerrard will train with Liverpool for two weeks. Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will train with former club Liverpool next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Jurgen Klopp.

LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard has ruled out a return to a playing role with Liverpool and is only training at Melwood during the MLS close season.

The 35-year-old said on BT Sport's Champions League coverage: "I'm going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp so I'm really looking forward to that, to see what he's about and try and learn a few things from him."

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Liverpool legend Gerrard hints at retirement date

Gerrard joined LA Galaxy earlier this year. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has dropped his biggest hint yet that he may retire in 2016.

The LA Galaxy midfielder told reporters in Seattle: “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."

Galaxy were knocked out of the play-offs in Major League Soccer by Seattle Sounders last week and Gerrard only joined their campaign for the last four months - scoring two goals in 14 appearances.

“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."

Gerrard, now 35, says the experience of playing in the MLS is different than he anticipated.

"Going on the road, playing on (artificial) 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," he said.

Gerrard plays LA Galaxy game with Liverpool shin pads

Steven Gerrard has proved he still loves Liverpool by playing for LA Galaxy in shin pads with the Reds' crest on.

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Gerrard inspired his new side to victory as he marked his MLS debut with a goal as former England captain and LA Galaxy star David Beckham watched on.

The 34-year-old also had a role in two of Robbie Keane's three goals as Galaxy came from behind to beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.

Gerrard left Liverpool in May, admitting he had lost the "buzz" of playing for his boyhood club when his game time diminished under Brendan Rodgers last season.

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