Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has said that it would be “special” for him if he could link-up with his one-time Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy this summer.
The ex-Netherlands international spent a largely unsuccessful spell with the Reds between 2007 – 2011, during which time he played alongside the Merseyside hero while he was at, arguably, the peak of his powers.
Gerrard, now 35, is set to play the latter half of the 2015 MLS campaign and the 2016 season with LA Galaxy after agreeing a free move to California, ending his career-long association with his hometown club.
America’s top tier has a history of luring big names from European action, and Babel, who now plays for Turkish side Kasimpasa, has hinted that he would like to be the latest to relocate, with playing alongside his former skipper appealing:
“America has always been a special place for me, since my youth.” He told Goal. “If it fits in with my career, it will be a challenge for me to play for a MLS team. If that would be Steven Gerrard’s club, that would be very special.”
Babel was recently linked with a move back to the Premier League with Swansea, and also confessed that he would be open to returning to English football, even if his chances of doing so are slim:
“England is of course a great country to play in, and I’ll always be open for a return. But it has to be a club I feel good about. The reality is that England won’t happen at this moment.”