LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena responds to talk of loan deals for Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane

Steven Gerrard

The chances of the former Liverpool captain and ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker heading back to Europe during the winter appear to have been ruled out.

Speaking to the LA Galaxy's official website, head coach Bruce Arena has ruled out the possibility of either Steven Gerrard or Robbie Keane going out on loan during the MLS offseason.

Keane spent two months on loan at Aston Villa during the 2011-12 season, when he scored three goals in six Premier League games to help save the club from relegation, while Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has previously hinted that Gerrard could make a short-term return to Anfield.

Scottish champions Celtic have also been linked with a loan move for the former Reds skipper [h/t Mirror], but speaking at the team’s final media session of 2015, coach Arena gave a simple, one-word response to suggestions that his star men could spend part of the offseason elsewhere, telling reporters: “No.”

The Galaxy, meanwhile, saw their bid for an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup in five seasons come up short on Wednesday night when they suffered a 3-2 playoff defeat at the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Knockout Round.

Arena’s men appeared primed to defend their 2015 title two months ago after scoring five goals for the seventh time in nine home games in a 5-1 thrashing of New York City FC but their form dropped off in dramatic fashion over the rest of the regular season, as they won just one of their remaining seven matches to fall to fifth-place in the West.

Missing out on a bye the Conference semifinals as a result, the star-studded squad ultimately crashed out of the postseason at the first hurdle, ending their campaign before Halloween for the first time since 2008.

Keane still enjoyed a stellar end to the season, hitting 17 goals in his last 15 games, but Gerrard struggled mightily during the run-in, as his lack of defensive work seemed to unbalance the line-up and left midfield partner Juninho overrun in the centre of the park.

Speaking to following the Seattle loss, the Liverpool legend said: "I think if you analyse the whole season, we were brilliant up until three or four weeks ago, and all of the sudden we have been conceding sloppy goals and that certainly got carried into tonight.

“That’s the disappointing thing looking at the season as a whole and conceding too many over the last few weeks, but you can never question the lads’ commitment or desire because I see it on a daily basis.”

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