It was announced earlier this month that Liverpool club captain, Steven Gerrard, would leave the club at the end of the season. The 34-year old has decided that it is “in the best interests of all involved, including his family and the club itself” to move on.
In his statement he said it was “the toughest decision of his life” before going on to thank “Brendan [Rodgers], the owners and everyone at the club” and also thanked his “team-mates and all the staff for their help and continued support”.
He further went on to state to the fans that it was a “privilege” to represent them “as a player and as a captain”.
The decision to leave marks the end of an almost 17 year love-affair with the club in which he has notched up almost 700 appearances and scored over 180 times in that period to date. He has also won 10 honours with the club – six as captain – which include 3 League Cups, 2 FA Cups, a UEFA Cup and a Champion’s League title.
He will no doubt go down as one of the best players to dawn a Liverpool shirt and one of the greats in Premier League history but it is a melancholic end for a player who was deserving of a Premier League title but never got one.
Gerrard will team up with former Liverpool team-mate and Irish international striker Robbie Keane at LA Galaxy when his contract expires in July. The 18-month contract signed is reported to be worth around £6 million to the player.
LA Galaxy president, Chris Klein said that he was “a perfect fit” and Gerrard himself stated that it was a “match made in heaven” before going on to say that he wants to “add more medals and trophies to his collection”.
By Kieran Kilkelly
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