Heartbreaking for Liverpool fans as their legend plans to retire next year
Liverpool legend and LA Galaxy star midfielder Steven Gerrard revealed he could retire next season as he admitted Major League Soccer gave him the challenges he was never aware of.
Gerrard’s contract in MLS ends after 2016, and the 35-year-old veteran Englishman also said he is hoping for better results in his second campaign as LA Galaxy’s season ended after losing a playoff at Seattle last week.
The defeat unfortunately delayed Gerrard’s quest to win a domestic league title, a feat he never able to accomplish with Liverpool.
“It could be my last season as a footballer,” Gerrard said in the Galaxy website, “I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year. I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season and I only came here for the last four months, but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year.”
Despite with a team bolstering Steven Gerrard and other renowned stars like Robbie Keane and Giovani Dos Santos, LA Galaxy didn’t able to secure first-round bye in the playoffs losing on the season’s final day. They managed to be in fifth position in the Western Conference and were forced to play away on Seattle’ Field Turf pitch.
Discussing about his first season in the MLS, Gerrard was straight forward to admit that getting accustomed with different pitches was one of the major challenges which he didn’t even expect.
“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of. Every away game has a different challenge,” Gerrard revealed.
Surprisingly Galaxy showed the third-worst away record in Major League Soccer, winning only two of their 14 matches outside of Los Angeles in regular season, and Gerrard repeatedly suggested, to change this record the team must work hard.
“At home, we’ve got no problems because we’re very strong and we play well. We’ll always win more than we lose,” he said. “For us to move forward next year and finish in the top two spots – and avoid games like [Seattle] – we’ve got to be better defensively and stop conceding on set pieces and crosses.”
Gerrard also suggested, Galaxy should improve in their defence also. Galaxy’s season ended in the hands of The Sounders with a 2-3 defeat. They capitalised on three Galaxy defensive mistakes to score all three goals which includes one when Gerrard suddenly stopped tracking his man because he expected goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will come off his line to clear the ball.
“I know [Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena] quite well now … and I’m sure that’s where he’ll be analysing over the winter. [We have] to stop this team from conceding goals, we know that,” he also said.
“I’ve been in this game long enough to know that if you’re going to be successful that you can’t keep conceding goals. It’s too difficult to win football matches if you concede two or three every game. We know that’s where he’ll be analyzing over the winter.”
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