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 By Mike Whalley

Steven Gerrard unlikely to make Liverpool loan move - MLS' Don Garber

Steven Gerrard is not expected to return to Liverpool on loan from the LA Galaxy in January, according to Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber.

Gerrard moved to the Galaxy after ending a 17-year first-team career at Anfield in May.

When the former England captain announced in January that he would be leaving Liverpool, chief executive Ian Ayre suggested that a return on loan was "conceivable."

Ayre also said at the time that such a move was something he had spoken to Gerrard and his representatives about.

Steven Gerrard had spent his entire career at Liverpool before moving to America.

The MLS season ends in December, and there is a possibility that the 35-year-old will train with Liverpool to keep himself in shape -- but it will not extend to a loan deal, according to Garber.

Speaking at the Soccerex football business convention in Manchester, Garber told British media: "I don't think so. And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated."

Garber added that he was keen to avoid a repeat of the situation in which David Beckham missed part of the MLS season after being loaned from the Galaxy to AC Milan in 2009.

"It doesn't happen as much as it used to," Garber said, referring to such loan arrangements. "David knows very well that I was really upset with the big hoopla and the massive commitment we made and then David went and played in Milan.

"And people in our country said: 'What? He plays for two teams? And you are trying to build a sport?'

"It was a challenge getting people to understand that."

Despite Garber's comments, Beckham was allowed to return to Milan for a second loan spell in 2010.


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