Steven Gerrard has returned to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground as he gets ready to train with his old team-mates during the MLS off-season.
The former Reds skipper has been back on Merseyside since his LA Galaxy side missed out on the play-offs at the end of the season in October and took in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Swansea yesterday.
New Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the Kop icon back to the club to train, but has insisted that he will not be turning out for the Anfield side on loan this winter.
“I spoke with Steven , one phone call and a few messages,” the German said earlier this month. “He’s a Liverpool legend, of course. But his contract, as I know, is in the USA.
“But during his break time, I told him, “Of course you can come whenever you want; you can train with us, do whatever is good for you”. Our doors are always open for him. That is clear.
“But nothing else. Everybody can learn from Stevie, but I am trying to understand.”
Gerrard’s Liverpool career ended in disappointing fashion last May, when the Reds went down 6-1 at Stoke, during Brendan Rodgers’ spell in charge.
But the former England skipper is relishing the opportunity in seeing the new boss first-hand.
“Next week, I’m going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp so I’m really looking forward to that to see what he’s about and try and learn a few things off him,” Gerrard said on BT Sport last week.
“I’m very excited to go in, obviously I’ve been there for a very long time and I’ve come out for a short period but I’m looking forward going into the new set-up to having a look at what Klopp’s all about tactically, what he demands of his players and how much he’s changed since the Brendan era,” said Gerrard.
Klopp’s men are now only four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League position following their 1-0 win over Swansea.