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."
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.
"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."
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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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.
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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.
Steven Gerrard marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal as he inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Watched by former Galaxy star David Beckham at StubHub Center, the ex-Liverpool and England captain scored one and had a hand in two of Robbie Keane's three goals to help the hosts win the 'California Clasico' and go top of the Western Conference.
Steven Gerrard said it was a "great feeling" to make his LA Galaxy debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Club America but admits it will take a while before his new fans get to see the best of him after a two-month break.
Gerrard was named in the Galaxy starting line-up for the opening match of the International Champions Cup clash against the Mexican outfit and played the first 45 minutes before being one of a raft of changes made by the MLS side at the interval.
He also admitted, though, that he found it tough physically and pledged to get "better and better" the longer he spends with his new club.
Gerrard said on www.lagalaxy.com: "It was a great feeling. It was a difficult game and I thought [Club America] were very good.
"I thought after 15 or 20 minutes that the team settled really well, we played some good football and we got our deserved equaliser. For me personally, it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt and I'll keep getting better and better and the more I get used to my team-mates, I'll improve."