Phil Thompson predicts 'romantic' Liverpool return for Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard In 2014

Phil Thompson believes a 'romantic' return to Liverpool for Steven Gerrard in 2016 could on the cards, with a loan move making sense for all parties.

Phil Thompson is among those who believe Steven Gerrard should have been given ‘one more year’ at Liverpool.

He is also among those who believe that the 2014/15 campaign may not be the final chapter in a remarkable tale for one of Anfield’s favourite sons.

It has been revealed that Gerrard is to leave when his current contract expires, with the former England skipper confirming that he is in discussions to head to America and MLS.

Such a move will, however, leave a window of opportunity for the talismanic midfielder to return to Merseyside further down the line.

A number of British players have headed to the States in recent years, only to be brought back to the Premier League on short-term loans.

Thompson believes a similar agreement could offer Gerrard an emotional homecoming in 2016.

He told Sky Sports: “I would like to see it happen. It might not happen, but us Liverpool fans like to look at it and think it would be quite romantic for him to come.

“It would depend on how the team is doing and having that option to see how that pans out and whether he (Brendan Rodgers) would need someone of his ilk at that time.”

While Thompson would like to see that door opened, others believe that Rodgers has made his decision and will be reluctant to take a step backwards in 12 months time.

There is, of course, no guarantee that he will be in charge a year down the line, with struggles this season leading some to question his long-term future.

You would, however, like to think that whoever is at the helm will consider the option of bringing Gerrard back, with his mere presence likely to bring an extra ounce of effort out of those around him and those in the stands.

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