EPL 2016/17: Ashley Cole apologises to Steven Gerrard
After the game, the former England international tweeted his apology to his teammates stating, “Thank you to my teammates, staff and everyone involved with LA Galaxy, and a special thanks and apology to the legend that is Steven Gerrard. I don't know what's going to happen but it's been a pleasure to play alongside you for club and country, a true gent.”
The tweet also expressed his disappointment at his failure to score stating, “Back to LA sad, disappointed and angry. Penalty kicks are there for someone to be a hero, today I was not. Now it's time to think, reflect and try to put a tough season behind me.”
Gerrard the substitute
Steven Gerrard’s contract expires at the end of this season with LA Galaxy and recent reports have revealed that the former Liverpool captain may end up returning to England. However, the 36-year-old was in action against semi-final opponent’s Colorado Rapids on Sunday.
Gerrard started the game on the bench but came on as a substitute after Colorado's Shkelzen Gashi had levelled the aggregate score at 1-1. Gerrard opened the scoring in the penalty shootout for LA Galaxy with a well-placed finish to put his team in contention.
But that was as good as it got for the LA galaxy team as teammates Giovani dos Santos missed and Cole's penalty was saved by ex-Everton keeper Tim Howard. As a result, it was a disappointing end to Gerrard’s US sojourn.
In recent weeks, though, it is Klopp who seems to have turned Gerrard’s head and while a variety of reports have linked Gerrard with a role at Anfield, there is yet to be any statement from the player’s end.
Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, has already stated that he would welcome Steven Gerrard at the club stating, “Steven Gerrard – is always so welcome at Liverpool FC. You cannot imagine how welcome so absolutely no problem, but everything we will talk to each other about will stay in these talks. That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. Nobody should be worried that we don't have space for Steven Gerrard. Everything will be fine, 100 percent.”
Given the Kloppmania that has engulfed Anfield currently, Stevie G would surely want to be a part of it. However, only time will tell whether Gerrard wants to have one last hurrah as a player or is willing to take his first steps into football management.
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