By Emma Sanders
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard played his final game in for LA Galaxy on Sunday evening and Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter with excitement at the possibility of seeing him return to Liverpool.
The midfielder scored during a penalty shoot-out defeat against the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference semi-final second leg.
Gerrard left Liverpool at the end of the 2014-15 season and signed an 18-month contract with LA Galaxy and he has since gone on to play 19 games for the MLS side.
His final kick was a fitting one – a successful spot kick against former Everton keeper Tim Howard but it may not be the last time Gerrard is seen on a football pitch.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the former Reds’ skipper has been linked with a move back to Liverpool, though it is more likely in a coaching capacity rather than as a player.
However, with Liverpool moving to the top of the Premier League table with a 6-1 victory against Watford on Sunday, fans are imagining Gerrard returning and lifting the elusive trophy he wasn’t able to win during his Anfield career.
The 36 year-old made 712 appearances for Liverpool in total and famously led his team to a Champions League victory in 2005 but was unable to win the Premier League.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
How many 89th min substitutions would Gerrard need to qualify for a premiership medal? Asking for a friend
— David (@darissutton) November 6, 2016
— John King (@JohnKingMMA) November 6, 2016
@LivEchoLFC A coach at Liverpool
— Barry Guest (@barry_guest) November 6, 2016
— Redpool (@1upp2ner) November 6, 2016
@LivEchoLFC Come back as player coach and lift the title at the end of the season.. ha
— Richard Banks (@HodorIsBoring) November 6, 2016
Possibly Gerrard's last career game tonight. An absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/ZYaVxjMGWk
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) November 6, 2016
— Shaun Welburn (@welburn70) November 6, 2016
Meanwhile over in the MLS, Steven Gerrard has just scored a penalty past….Tim Howard. Some things never change!
— THE ANFIELD WRAP (@TheAnfieldWrap) November 6, 2016
I can understand gerrard coming back to the club in a coaching role at the academy but that's it, can't come back to the 1st team
— luke (@luke_n87) November 7, 2016
@indykaila Gerrard is coming back
— Barry Guest (@barry_guest) November 7, 2016