Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre has said there was never going to be a good day for Steven Gerrard to leave the club but said the club offered him a substantial deal to continue his career at Anfield.
A lot has happened since including Gerrard claiming he will have signed a new contract if one was offered in the summer, and that talks with Brendan Rodgers about managing his game time with the 34-year-old not wanting to be a substitute going forward contributed to his decision.
In an interview with local radio station CityTalk which has featured in other parts of the local media, Ayre seems open to the idea of Gerrard returning to the club in some capacity, with a potential loan next January a possibility.
“I’ve said openly to Steven and his representatives, as have Brendan and the owners, that we see Steven as part of the family. The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool.
“What that means, the details aren’t known yet. But we will keep a regular dialogue with him, and I hope we will see him here again in the long term."
On the loan spell in particular, Ayre said: “It’s conceivable. It happens a lot in MLS, and it’s something we talked to Steven and his representatives about.
“You can’t have someone who has so much of the club’s DNA in them, and just expect that it will go away.”
Gerrard said he would love to return to Liverpool in some capacity to serve the club. It was suggested that if he were to see out his career at Anfield he would've been at the very least a club ambassador, with some suggesting he should have been offered a coaching rule in any contract talks in order to tempt him to stay at the club beyond this season instead of departing for LA Galaxy.
Also, loans to sides during the MLS close season aren't uncommon. Thierry Henry did it with Arsenal while David Beckham played for AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain during his time on loan in Europe in order to keep up his fitness.
The chances are at least, Gerrard will return to the club to keep his fitness up during the winter months. Whether he can help Liverpool out on the playing side next season remains to be seen.