Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists he is pondering his next career move after confirming the end of one of the most distinguished playing careers of his generation.
Gerrard, who won eight major trophies including the Champions League during 18 years at Liverpool, announced last week that he would be leaving LA Galaxy this month.
The 36-year-old, who earned 114 caps and played in six major tournaments for England, is working on his coaching qualifications but turned down the MK Dons manager’s job this week.
“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” said Gerrard, whose highlight proved to be leading Liverpool’s extraordinary comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.
“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be.
"I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”
Gerrard has been linked with a return to Liverpool in a non-playing role, and manager Jurgen Klopp insists the door remains open, while remaining reluctant to discuss the next move.
“It is clear that one day in the future there will be something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say,” said Klopp.
“The door is always open for him. If he wants to make a different career to his former career then we want to help him. There is nothing else to say, but maybe that is already too much.”