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Steven Gerarrd 'keen to push' plans for coaching after playing career ends

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has said he could move into coaching when he brings down the curtain on his playing career.

Gerrard, 35, writing in his column in the Telegraph, began his second season with the Galaxy on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League. Their MLS season opener is against D.C. United on March 6.

The Liverpool legend reiterated that this could be his final year of playing football, but he added that he's eager to enter management.

"Nothing is 100 percent certain yet, but this season at LA Galaxy could be my last as a professional footballer," he said.

"I know I'm in the twilight of my career. I am starting my UEFA A licence shortly, and [England's] Football Association are proving to be proactive and hugely encouraging in helping former players onto the coaching ladder.

"I was invited to meet the England under-19 side earlier in the season, and further opportunities are planned in future international breaks. It's something I'm keen to push further."

Steven Gerrard began his second season with the LA Galaxy this week.

Gerrard also noted the recent spending of Chinese Super League clubs and believes it could become a major rival to MLS in trying to attract players such as Chelsea's John Terry, who will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

"There are some incredible [financial] figures being written about, and it has to be a concern to a lot of leagues around the world -- not least the MLS -- trying to lure big names from Europe," he wrote.

"I suspect some players who are thinking of leaving the Premier League who would once have looked to the USA will be looking to China instead.

"I would recommend to anyone finishing up in England in the near future to look to the MLS before seeing the financial possibilities in China... but I must admit John Terry has not picked up the phone and asked me about the MLS yet."


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