Mourinho jokes at Gerrard signing

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be a loan target for Chelsea once he leaves Anfield, Jose Mourinho has joked.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has joked that he could try and sign Steven Gerrard once the veteran leaves Liverpool.

The Liverpool captain - who nearly joined Chelsea in 2005 - will end an association of more than 20 years at Anfield when he joins the Los Angeles Galaxy later this year.

By doing so, the ex-England skipper will follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard - the Chelsea legend who left for MLS outfit New York City last year.

Chelsea's Premier League rivals, Manchester City - who own New York City - swooped to sign Lampard on loan and the midfielder has been an excellent addition for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

And after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, Mourinho was quizzed about Gerrard's departure.

When asked if he would try and convince Gerrard to remain in England, Mourinho told the BBC: "Or to get him on loan."

He added: "I'm not happy he leaves [England]. I would love the Premier League to keep always the best players.

"I think he has more than enough quality to play in the Premier League.

"In spite [of the fact] he's my opponent, I feel sorry that he's leaving."