Gerrard doesn't paint a rosy picture, but ...

When Steven Gerrard arrived at the LA Galaxy from Liverpool in July, he said he would adapt quickly and there would be no excuses. But shortly after the Galaxy's quick exit from the playoffs, Gerrard was singing a different tune. And it has prompted wide speculation that he might rejoin Liverpool, now under a new manager.

“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," he told LA Galaxy Insider in its season wrap. "Every away game has a different challenge. At home, we’ve got no problems because we’re very strong and we play well. We’ll always win more than we lose. For us to move forward next year and finish in the top two spots -- and avoid games like [the knockout game it lost 3-2 at Seattle] -- we’ve got to be better defensively and stop conceding on set pieces and crosses.”

Gerrard, who was himself to blame on the second goal the Sounders scored off a free kick, had said there would be "a few minor stops and starts."

He started great in July, scoring once and adding an assist in a 5-2 win over San Jose. He started 13 games and finished the last 11 but ended up with just two goals and three assists. The Galaxy won only one of its final eight MLS games and exited the season quietly.

For Gerrard's former England teammate Frank Lampard, who also moved to MLS in 2015, the on-again, off-again move to New York City FC was always messy. That Gerrard's season also ended so imperfectly, on the MLS champs, came as more of a surprise.

The Independent reported that it was not all a bed of roses in Los Angeles -- "a relatively isolated part of a country," as it put it --  and Gerrard's time away from his wife and three daughters was longer than he had anticipated because of the away trips that often began on a Thursday.

Gerrard is set to return on Wednesday to Liverpool, where he'll find a new manager, the enthusiastic Jurgen Klopp, from the one, Brendan Rodgers, who told him about a year ago he'd no longer could count on being a starter at the club whose academy he joined at the age of 9.

The Independent reported of a "growing restlessness" inside Gerrard and meetings with Liverpool's American chairman Tom Werner, who happens to live in Beverly Hills and is part of the Fenway Sports Group that owns Liverpool (as well as the Boston Red Sox).

It makes a great story -- Gerrard, the Liverpudlian, returning to Anfield under a new boss -- but it lacks a couple of key details. MLS won't likely loan him back to Liverpool -- the Galaxy will be playing in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals before the MLS season even begins -- and it would have to transfer him to the Reds if he wanted a permanent move.

There's been no indication yet of anything more than Gerrard returning to Liverpool to take part in some offseason training.

14 comments about "Gerrard doesn't paint a rosy picture, but ...".
  1. Joe Linzner, November 4, 2015 at 7:48 a.m.

    There you go again Don, you know me so well, perhaps my coaching for nigh onto 20 years from youth level teams all the way to semi pro probably taught me nothing. My time has passed, am an old fart but believe me I live this game. I know what I would do with this team. I also scouted for teams and analyzed talent, skill and drive for teams, so yah, I have no understanding of what influence a coach has on a team, new or old....
    Like I said, you are of course 100% correct, fire JK, get an American Coach in there and that new, American coach will make this team sparkle and set the world on fire. If it were myself there would not be a single player on this team that waited for the ball to come to him without taking three or four steps towards the ball. Waiting for the ball while standing still is the MOST BASIC BS these guys do not seem to understand and it was one of the first things I was taught and never forgot. And if I did, I too lost the ball and had to sit on the bench if I did not remember next game.... watch and see if that happens on the telly.... It is the little things that are not seen... or ignored perhaps.... but I digress again, hope you get your wish...

  2. Joe Linzner, November 4, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.

    oops, for another thread, please delete!?

  3. Paul Stierle, November 4, 2015 at 10:48 a.m.

    Excuses, excuses. Do some of these star players never seen a map of the US. Don't they have agents and managers that give them the overall picture.Each league has its sets of challenges. Then there is the harmony on the field of your team. The announcers have said Sarvas was missing. Gerrard needs to fit in and give it another year if he is serious. I know many criticise the MLS. I believe we may not be in the top 5 of the world, but with all its diversity and challenges. Maybe the top 10. How would you rate it. Think about it. Then think about the last 10 teams in each league that just survive. Yeehah to the MLS and lets find an american coach for our National team. I maybe german in heritage but I am fully Red, white, black and Blue. Yahoo!

  4. Raymond Weigand, November 4, 2015 at 11:58 a.m.

    Gerrard is cheeky on the field and off the field ... some of his comments / complements have to be reinterpreted from a skewed point of view ... perhaps he is just using the road, the turf, the altitude, the humidity, the hurdles as code words for those who care to listen: for Rowe (Road ... no GK help on the road) Zardes (Turf ... plays lightly on defense) Keane (altitude ... not sharing the wealth) Dos Santos (humidity ... plays better in the heat) Arena (hurdle ... too big to get over himself ... of course, he is more than happy to advertise during the season his desire to make even more money by nominating himself to take over the National Team)

  5. Mark Torguson, November 4, 2015 at 1:34 p.m.

    LOL, is always funny to when the foreigners come and moan about the travel in the MLS. Do they not realize quite how big the USA + Canada is? Charter jets? Nope, hop on coach and squeeze your legs in for the 5 hour treck to NYC to play on a baseball field or a nice muggy day on the cool turf of Orlando

  6. Vince Leone, November 4, 2015 at 2:28 p.m.

    Such lame excuses coming from a "big" signing. Feel free to go home, Gerrard. I propose that any MLS team who wants to sign any Brit over age 30 must submit to some oversight process that vets the idea.

  7. Margaret Manning, November 4, 2015 at 4:05 p.m.

    Good grief--I used to have respect for him. He didn't know about humidity? Turf? Traveling? And LA is a "relatively isolated part of the country"? The reporter seems to have studied geography at the same school as Gerrard.

    Seems like he has to blame himself and his manager/agent.

  8. Ric Fonseca, November 4, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

    Jeepers weepers, poor little Stevie!!! His complaints are sure as heck maddening, yet it doesn't surprise me for this guy being such a keen footballer, crying and complaining about the schedule, being away from his family, etc., yet what about the home games? I propose that he and Keane be shown the door, Gerrard for being the crybaby, and Keane for being the incessant complainer on the pitch, but on the other hand, their fellow Briton Beckham, well, I sure as heck don't recall him complaining about seemingly everything that is the MLS, travel, pitches, humidity, etc. I'd have greater respect for Gerrard had he applied himself to play bis butt off and really show us what he's capable. But then again, can't say as I blame him, he's collecting his megabucks and has gone to Disneyland... oh, wait, is the real reason he's unhappy is because Disneyland is raising its admission prices? And wait, there's more: I had absolutely NO IDEA that my adopted city of Los Angeles is in a "relatively isolated part of the country(sic)"!!! If so, where in heck did all those danged automobiles come from and certainly not from London or Liverpool!? Adios Steve Gerrard!!!

  9. Paul Stierle, November 4, 2015 at 9:33 p.m.

    Amen to you ric. You are usually are right on withyour comments. In fact I always read all of yours as I know your history. You could be a journalist for Soccer America. The rets of you are right on too. I am still asking you soccer people where would rate the MLS? I think in the top 10. Again with all the hurdles that the foreign stars seem to not know about when they got here. And LA isolated. Wow that is just the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Maybe Kansas. I moved to the Seattle area like Sigi because it is a little smaller but want soccer nuts up here. Go Sonders!

  10. Lou vulovich, November 5, 2015 at 11:42 a.m.

    Gerrard is one of the top 50 players in the history of the game and a great character on top. MLS is very lucky to have him even at 35. People who choose to criticize him about what he said, most likely haven't even been out of the US let alone understand the adjustments a player has to make playing abroad.

  11. Vince Leone replied, November 5, 2015 at noon

    Lou: However you judge SG's past (I personally think you way overrate him), he was no superstar for the Galaxy and he has only himself to blame if he "wasn't aware of" the basic realities of the league he was joining. MLS has many foreign players who don't feel the need to complain like this. Regarding your statement that commenters "most likely haven't even been out of the US"--are you sure you want to stand by that?

  12. Lou vulovich, November 5, 2015 at 12:50 p.m.

    Vince. Respectfully, I will Stan by this Gerrard is one of the greatest players of all time. He could play anywhere and any style. There is an adjustment for every player let alone someone who played with one team his whole career, and joined the Galaxy half way through the season
    He was not complaining, he was defending himself and stating facts, based on his experience. I will also stand by this. Gerrard will have a great year next season and the Galaxy will win the MLS championship. They are one of the top organizations in the world with a top coach and they will help him adjust. .

  13. Lou vulovich, November 5, 2015 at 12:52 p.m.

    Ric. No disrespect, I always enjoy your comments even if I disagree.

  14. Ric Fonseca, November 15, 2015 at 3:50 p.m.

    Thank you Lou, so let's agree to disagree. So, that being said, I most CERTAINLY DO NOT BELIEVE SG " is one of the greatest players of all time (sic)" Then again, why don't we hear the same complaints from other Brits, or Euros or Latinos that've come to play here? OK, so maybe it is "just one guy" crying in his spilt milk, and as for coming mid season, what about Lampard, Drogba, Pirlo, Beckham, and other Euros, etc., etc, funny I haven't hear of their complaints! As for a top coach "helping them asjust," sorry, but the coach's job is to prepare his entire squad and not babysit or make sure they don't stray too far from the play pen.

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