Ger­rard rules out re­turn

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — There was no happy end­ing to Steven Ger­rard’s An­field farewell and there will be no fairy­tale re­turn to play for his boy­hood club af­ter the Liver­pool cap­tain ruled out com­ing back on loan when he be­gins his Amer­i­can adventure.

Hav­ing lived in Liver­pool all his life, Ger­rard is get­ting ready to aban­don Mersey­side for the United States for a swan-song with Los An­ge­les Galaxy in Ma­jor League Soc­cer.

Af­ter Liver­pool suf­fered a 3-1 loss to Crys­tal Palace in his fi­nal home game af­ter 17 years of sil­ver ser­vice in more than 700 matches, Ger­rard said a play­ing re­turn was not on the cards.

“I don’t think I’ll come back on loan af­ter to­day’s per­for­mance,” he said in a pitch­side in­ter­view. “I think I am go­ing to have to go away and re­flect for a few years and see what’s there for me in a cou­ple of years. But hope­fully I’ll stay in­volved in the game be­cause I’ve lived here (Liver­pool) for a long time and I love it.”

Hav­ing ruled out re­turn­ing to Liver­pool in the US off-sea­son, Ger­rard can fo­cus on ek­ing the last re­serves of en­ergy out of his 34-year-old legs in the MLS, a step down from the fe­ro­cious pace of Eng­land’s ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive Pre­mier League. It was per­haps fit­ting, if not part of the script, that Ger­rard signed off from An­field with a per­for­mance that sug­gested his best days were in the past. — Reuters SWANSEA — Manuel Pel­le­grini could be for­given for won­der­ing how Manch­ester City will cope with­out Yaya Touré and James Mil­ner af­ter goals from the mid­field pair edged them closer to a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Pre­mier League.

The Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional put the vis­i­tors ahead with his 50th Pre­mier League goal, and then re­stored their lead af­ter Swansea had re­cov­ered from two goals down in an en- thralling con­test.

Mil­ner had dou­bled City’s ad­van­tage be­fore Gylfi Sig­urds­son and Bafé­timbi Gomis brought the hosts roar­ing back into the game.

But Touré struck the de­ci­sive blow be­fore sub­sti­tute Wil­fried Bony marked his re­turn to Swansea with a late goal to end his old side’s Euro­pean as­pi­ra­tions.

Touré’s agent has claimed it is “90 per­cent cer­tain” the for­mer Barcelona man will leave

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