Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has fuelled speculation of ex-Reds captain Steven Gerrard returning to the club in the near future.
Gerrard seemed to announce his departure from MLS side LA Galaxy as he took to Instagram on Saturday morning, sparking the rumour mill into gear regarding a potential comeback on Merseyside.
And speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening, Klopp said the midfielder was “always so welcome” at the club.
“He is always so welcome at Liverpool FC. Absolutely no problem,” Klopp told reporters.
“Nobody should be worried that there’s no space for Steven Gerrard, everything will be fine, 100 percent.”
This will lead to further speculation over Gerrard’s next move, though it is highly unlikely this would be in a playing capacity, with no role for him in Klopp’s first-team squad.
But the prospect of a return to his boyhood club, one that he served for almost three decades as a player, is a tantalising one.
However, as he revealed on Instagram, this does not mean his spell with the Galaxy was a fruitless one.
“Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege,” he wrote.
“You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you.”
But it is clear the MLS outfit does not compare to Liverpool for the 36-year-old, who returned to Melwood for treatment on a hamstring injury during the international break.
There, he would likely have come into contact with Klopp, though whether they discussed a return as a coach is unclear.
However, Klopp certainly didn’t rule out a homecoming for one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players, who would no doubt gladly accept a role alongside the charismatic German.