MLS commissioner Don Garber discusses possibility of a Liverpool loan for Gerrard, Rooney's interest

Steven Gerrard

The LA Galaxy midfielder appears unlikely to return to Anfield in January, while the Manchester United skipper's recent comments about a potential MLS future have caught the league's attention.

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is unlikely to return to Liverpool on loan in January, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre had suggested when the 35-year-old’s move to LA was first announced that he could make a short-term return to Anfield during the MLS off-season, but Garber has now poured cold water over the idea.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “I don't think so. And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated.”

MLS previously came under criticism for allowing former Galaxy star David Beckham to join AC Milan on loan in both 2009 and 2010, when there were even fears that he might not return to the States.

As well as missing the start of the stateside season on both occasions, the ex-England captain also ended up suffering a torn Achilles tendon during his second spell at the San Siro and Garber has stressed that the league are keen to avoid a similar situation going forward.

“People in our country said: ‘what? He plays for two teams? And you are trying to build a sport’,” he continued. “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 [since it has happened]. I don't remember the last one we have had - Robbie Keane with [Aston] Villa, [Thierry] Henry with Arsenal [both 2012].”

Meanwhile, MLS officials are looking to attract more big-name stars in the future and one of their potential targets could be a former England teammate of Gerrard’s.

Wayne Rooney has already said that he would consider playing in the US once his Manchester United contract expires in 2019 and Garber was more than pleased to hear of his interest.

“I was very pleased to hear that,” he said.

Make of that what you will then but, given the league’s rapid growth, it certainly would not be a surprise to see England’s record goalscorer make the move across the Atlantic some time in the future.

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