Steven Gerrard reaffirms his commitment to the LA Galaxy amid exit rumours

Steven Gerrard

Reports have recently suggested that the Liverpool legend could make an early return to England after failing to adapt to life in LA.

Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy contract may expire in December, but the 35-year-old midfielder has insisted to the LA Times that it is not a foregone conclusion he will leave the club at that point.

Gerrard joined the Galaxy last summer on an 18-month deal after ending his 26-year association with Liverpool and has since made 20 regular season appearances for the MLS side, recording four goals and six assists.

The former Reds skipper noticeably struggled to adjust to the league’s physicality and taxing travel schedule to begin with but has started to find some form over recent weeks since returning from a calf strain, scoring twice in his last four matches and setting up another two goals to help Bruce Arena’s men extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Nevertheless, despite his recent improvement, the Daily Mirror claimed this weekend that he and his wife have failed to settle in the States and are now “desperate to return home within months”.

The report alleges that the ex-England international has been offered a coaching role back at Anfield and comes after he told LA supporters during a fans’ event earlier this month that he planned to return to Liverpool “sooner rather than later”.

However, speaking to the LA Times, the former Champions League winner was quick to stress that he is enjoying his time with the Galaxy and even suggested that he could yet decide to extend his stay with the club rather than hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

"I haven't spoken to anyone else," said Gerrard. "But I don't want to talk about that far down the line. I want to talk about the present and that's basically the Galaxy fighting for the sixth MLS [Cup].

"I want this journey to end on a high note. I've got no regrets at all. This was a complete case of coming out of your comfort zone. I was basically like starting [over].

"I can honestly say I'm really enjoying the experience."

Nevertheless, Gerrard did admit to experiencing some semblance of homesickness since moving across the Atlantic, adding: "I'm coming into a brand-new locker room. I don't know any of the staff. Don't know any of the supporters. I don't know where I'm going to be living. I don't know the area. I don't know the rules of the road. I don't know anything. So it was always going to take a certain amount of time.”

The Galaxy currently sit fifth in the Western Conference ahead of Sunday night’s clash with California rivals San Jose Earthquakes at the StubHub Center, having recorded five wins, four draws and suffered just one defeat in their opening 10 games of the season to leave them with 19 points.

The five-time MLS Cup champions have three games in hand on Conference leaders Colorado Rapids, who sit on 27 points, and will move up to third in the table with a win over the Earthquakes.

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