Gerrard rules out return
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