Steven Gerrard admits he would consider Liverpool at the end of the season if they decide against offering him a new contract.
The former England international has spent his entire career at the Merseyside club, helping them win two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and, the icing on the cake, the 2005 UEFA Champions League when they came from 3-0 behind to beat AC Milan on penalties. He is now approaching 700 matches for the club in all competitions, and he has worn the captain’s armband since succeeding Sami Hyypia in the role back in October 2003.
Gerrard will be 35-years-old by the time the 2015-16 campaign begins, and whilst he is determined to still be playing at this time, there is no guarantees he will still be involved with his hometown club. Although it would be a huge surprise to see him in the colours of another team, he is out of contract in the summer and he admits he may have to continue his football elsewhere.
” I’m only contracted until May,” he told the Daily Mail. “As it stands at the moment, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”
The midfielder flirted with the idea of joining Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in England, but eventually committed his future to his hometown club. And whilst the thought of him joining a rival club would be unbearable to the Liverpool supporters, they will have seen Frank Lampard cause similar surprise when he left Stamford Bridge only to then join Manchester City on loan.
Although the general consensus is that Gerrard is no longer the force of old, it is clear that he is still integral to Brendan Rodgers’ plans. He played 34 times as the Reds finished second in the Premier League last season, scoring an impressive 13 goals, and he has been an ever-present this term as well as starting all three of their Champions League group games.