Steven Gerrard could be set to call time on his playing career after his Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs.

After Galaxy won the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids Gerrard watched from the bench at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as Shkelzen Gashi scored the only goal of the game in the return leg to take the match into extra-time and then penalties.

After coming on with 14 minutes of the game left the 36-year-old Liverpool legend could not help his side to find a winner but did slot the opening penalty in the shootout. However, the former Tottenham man Giovani dos Santos missed his spot-kick and the former Everton keeper Tim Howard saved Ashley Cole’s effort as the Rapids, featuring the Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, made the final at Gerrard’s and Robbie Keane’s expense.

With Gerrard’s contract due to expire, the former Anfield captain could now be ready to hang up his boots and head to Merseyside for a backroom role in Jürgen Klopp’s team.

Klopp recently said of Gerrard’s potential return to Liverpool: “Steven Gerrard – and this will be a really big surprise – is always so welcome at Liverpool FC.