MLS commissioner Don Garber does not believe that LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard will return to the Premier League and Liverpool on loan.
Gerrard, 35, joined the Galaxy during the summer after spending his whole career at Anfield with Liverpool. He spent 17 seasons in the Liverpool first team and played over 700 games for the Reds. Garber was asked the question about a potential loan move for Gerrard back to Liverpool at the end of the MLS season.
“I don’t think so and I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated,” Garber told The Daily Mail at the Soccerex convention in Manchester.
“It doesn’t happen as much as it used to. David [Beckham] 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.
“You then realise if he is playing for the Galaxy and Milan what a great thing that says about your league.
“But I don’t believe we are going to see many more off-season loans happening in our league particularly at what I would call the high-level designated players. It’s been a couple of years. I don’t remember the last one we have had – maybe Robbie Keane with Villa, Henry with Arsenal.”
The Galaxy leads the Western Conference with 46 points after 28 games with 13 wins, seven draws and eight losses. Gerrard has scored one goal and three assists in seven games.