“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.