LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena reacts to reports linking Steven Gerrard with Liverpool return

Steven Gerrard

The Galaxy chief has labelled claims that the former Liverpool midfielder could potentially cut his spell in the States short as "ridiculous".

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has told club’s official website that he would not have any problems with Steven Gerrard training with Liverpool during the MLS offseason, but he has shot down reports that the former Red skipper is unsettled.

The likes of the Independent reported earlier this week that Gerrard has spoken with new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp several times over the past month about training with the club during the winter and that there was even the chance of a shock playing return being agreed.

The claims came after Gerrard made comments to the Galaxy’s official website following the end of their 2015 season about his difficulties adapting to life in MLS since his summer move from Anfield, having struggled with the arduous travel schedule and looked off the pace through the closing stages of the campaign.

Klopp confirmed on Wednesday that he had talked to the 35-year-old midfielder since taking over the Reds last month, but while he left the door open to potential training stint, he insisted that the pair had discussed “nothing else”.

Now Arena, who ruled out a winter loan move for Gerrard last week, has himself commented on the reports about the former Reds skipper’s future, stressing that he would not be against him training at Melwood but calling talk of a possible departure “ridiculous”.

“I don’t believe it is at all accurate,” Arena told lagalaxy.com. “There’s not any truth to any of this. It’s ridiculous.”

On Gerrard training with Liverpool, though, the ex-US national team boss added: “Of course, why not?”

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

Gerrard recorded two goals and three assists in 15 total appearances after joining the club on an 18-month deal in July upon leaving Liverpool at the end of his contract, but his lack of defensive work has been cited as one of the main reasons for a dramatic late-season collapse that saw Arena's men win just one of their final eight league games.

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