Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that Steven Gerrard is “always welcome” at Anfield after a social media post by the former Red’s skipper sparked rumours he was looking to return to his former home.
Gerrard’s deal with LA Galaxy ends at the end of US season, which is set to go on into the play-off stage after next week, and the 36-year old’s Instagram post on Saturday ahead of a fan appreciation night set the rumour mill in full swing.
"Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege," the post read. "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 #8."
Klopp was later asked about the message following the Red’s 2-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League.
"Steven Gerrard is always so welcome at Liverpool FC," said Klopp. "You cannot imagine how welcome. So, absolutely no problem. But everything that we have already or will speak to each other stays in this talk.
"That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. But nobody should worry that we have no space for Steven Gerrard. No – everything will be fine, 100 per cent."
Gerrard moved to California after more than 700 games for Liverpool, captaining them to a Champions League win in 2005.
Klopp has previously said that Gerrard should not realistically expect to play again for Liverpool, although some kind of coaching or ambassadorial role could be a possibility.